LifeSpire partners with Virginia Baptist Foundation to award scholarship


By Ann Lovell

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Jonathan Carter of Graceland Baptist Church in Powhatan is the 2016-17 recipient of a Virginia Baptist Foundation scholarship sponsored by LifeSpire of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Virginia—In partnership with the Virginia Baptist Foundation (VBF), LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes, awarded a scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year to Jonathan Carter in a ceremony May 22 at Gayton Baptist Church. Carter, a certified nurse aide and member of Graceland Baptist Church in Powhatan, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“We appreciate the opportunity to give back to Virginia Baptists by sponsoring this scholarship,” said Jonathan Cook, LifeSpire president and CEO. “We are grateful for the support Virginia Baptists have given to us throughout our 70-year history, and we look forward to future partnership opportunities.”

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Ron Hall, Virginia Baptist Foundation president and CEO, introduces the 2016-17 VBF scholarship recipients in a May 22 ceremony at Gayton Baptist Church.

In applying for the scholarship, Carter credited his mother as the inspiration for his decision to pursue a career in health care. Herself a nurse, she also suffered a workplace injury that caused her to undergo two major spinal surgeries. Carter’s experience as the child of a caregiver and the family member of a patient motivates him to become the best care provider he can be.

In 20 years Carter hopes to have completed medical school along with the internships, residencies and fellowships necessary for a career in neurosurgery, he said. He also plans to attend seminary.

“I believe that healing takes part on both the physical and spiritual (level),” Carter wrote. “I want to be able to have a fuller understanding of the Word, to be more comfortable and knowledgeable to share it, and (to) promote a more complete healing for people.”

The Virginia Baptist Foundation awarded $156,000 in total scholarships to 90 recipients from a pool of 131 applicants, said Ron Hall, VBF president and CEO.

“This is both a record number of recipients as well as dollar amount for this ministry,” Hall said.

Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia, formerly Virginia Baptist Homes. For more information, email or call (804) 521-9192.

LifeSpire of Virginia operates four continuing care retirement communities in Virginia: The Chesapeake in Newport News, The Culpeper in Culpeper, The Glebe in Daleville and Lakewood in Richmond.