Scholarship Winner

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Collierville’s Deja Walls has been named one of just six local Tennessee residents to receive the BlueCross scholarship this year. The BlueCross Foundation has doubled the number of BlueCross Power of We Scholarships it is awarding for 2020. Since 2012, the foundation has awarded the scholarship to outstanding minority students to address health disparities Tennessee minority groups face by increasing representation in the state’s health care workforce. Each winner will receive $10,000 toward school tuition. Walls is a senior at Rhodes College with a major in Biology. “The BlueCross Power of We Scholarship is one way we’ve been working toward health equity,” said Ron Harris, vice president of diversity and inclusion at BlueCross. “For many years, we’ve been supporting some of our state’s brightest students – who will lean on their unique insights as they deliver high-quality care for Tennesseans.” In lieu of the BlueCross Foundation’s annual event celebrating the winners, which was canceled due to COVID-19, each recipient received a gift package for this school year, including a MacBook, AirPods and a Fitbit.