Ashley Battle is one of two scholarship recipients who completed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training in May 2016 at J.F. Drake State Technical and Community College. Each AOD scholarship covered the tuition, book, uniform patch, an allowance for scrubs, and the state exam fee. AOD will also send Ashley to Financial Peace University after she is employed as a CNA. Ashley's scholarship was made possible by a generous grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
Denise Davis is one of two scholarship recipients who completed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training in May 2016 at J.F. Drake State Technical and Community College. Each AOD scholarship covered the tuition, book, uniform patch, an allowance for scrubs, and the state exam fee. AOD will also send Denise to Financial Peace University after she obtains employment as a CNA. Denise's CNA scholarship was made possible by a generous grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.
Mirlande graduated J.F. Drake State's Licensed Practical Nursing program in May 2016. Mirlande and her husband are involved in respite foster care of kids. Mirlande is active in her church and loves music. Soon after graduation, she passed her state licensing test. She now works full-time as a charge nurse at a local nursing home. One of the benefits offered by her new employer (Diversicare) is tuition assistance which she will use toward earning her RN degree.
Thanks to a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, AOD will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship for Certified Nursing Assistants. Applications will be coming in soon. Stay tuned for more news.
Martha Collins completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in December 2015. Martha worked two part-time jobs as a caregiver to pay the bills while she attended classes and raised her 17-year old daughter. Martha has lived in the Huntsville area for seven years after moving here from Selma, Alabama. She loves to help the elderly, especially those who don't have family able to visit often. Martha passed her state license exam on January 27, 2016 and was hired February 19, 2016 as a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse at Millennium Nursing and Rehabilitation. AOD thanks Amy Devers of Devers Consulting Group who helped Martha with her resume. AOD will also be sending Martha to Financial Peace University. Martha plans to eventually become a Registered Nurse. She recently married Mr. Myron Johnson. God is good!
Monica graduated from Hazel Green High School with an Advanced Alabama High School Diploma in May 2005. She met her husband at church in 2004 and they married in November 2006. They now have 3 daughters, a 6-year old and 3-year old twins. She also has a few nieces and nephews who she has had a large hand in raising since they were born. Monica had never planned to go to college to further her education. She was happy working a retail job that she had for almost 10 years. In August 2013, one of her nieces was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Monica immediately went with her niece and her mom to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She traveled back and forth from Huntsville and Memphis for the month she was there while still tending to her own children. The impact the nurses at St. Jude’s made on her made her decide to be one of them.
We are very grateful to the Trideum Foundation (funded and operated by Trideum Corporation)! The Trideum Foundation awarded AOD a grant for $3,984 on April 10, 2015. 100% of these funds will be used to fund tuition and book expenses of AOD scholarship recipients. Thank you Trideum!
The 4th Annual Community Career Fair, held March 16th, 2016, is in the books. We appreciate all who helped plan, conduct, and spread the word about the event. Volunteers included Valerie Curtis of Valerie Curtis Enterprises, Amy Devers of Devers Consulting Group, Mary Gladden of Quantech Services, Robert Holt of ZLA Solutions, AOD board member Tony Russell, and AOD board member Jeff Dennison. Thank you!
Our first success story is Anita Williams.
Jaron is a returning student in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College. Jaron has experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and wants to eventually become a Registered Nurse and/or Physical Therapist. Jaron enjoys participating in community cleanup work, particpating in his church's praise band, and volunteering with Vacation Bible School. Jaron's scholarship support will start in 2015.
Daija recently finished a week at Sci-Quest's Mobile App Design summer day camp held July 7 - July 11, 2014. Students at the camp found out what it takes to become a registered developer and design apps for mobile devices. They also learned what makes mobile apps uniquely portable, used different coding languages, and invented their own app.
AOD helped five Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, Mississippi) cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC unit attend a Leadership FTX (Field Training Exercise) camp at Lavinia National Guard Training Center in Lavinia, Tennessee June 23-27, 2014. The five cadets (Cameron Cockerham, Shamyia Fair, Jose Gonzalez, Malaysia King, and Santianna Rogers-McMillian) competitively selected by their instructors for this camp and AOD paid their registration deposits ($100 each).
Devonta "Petey" Walker and Tavarus Eckford play football for Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, Mississippi). AOD Vice President Jeff Coggin is their line coach (as well as the school's Air Force Junior ROTC instructor).
AOD is grateful to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL) in Huntsville for its continued support of the Learn and Earn scholarship program. TMMAL recently provided AOD a grant of $5,000 in March 2014 which will be used to award scholarships for the Fall 2014 semester at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College. This is Toyota's fourth grant to AOD. Thank you Toyota!
If you shop at Kroger grocery store or on-line with Amazon.com, both companies will donate to AOD without adding anything to your purchase.
Kroger donates to the registered charity of your choice when you use your Kroger Plus card when checking out. AOD is now a charity you can designate for your Kroger Plus card. No additional charges are added to your purchase, Kroger makes a contribution on top of your purchase. If you don’t already have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the Customer Service desk. More details:
Thank you to the Spiritus Employee Charitable Foundation of Spiritus, Inc. for awarding AOD a $5,000 grant for Learn and Earn scholarships! Spiritus presented the grant to AOD at their office in downtown Huntsville on January 28th. We enjoyed meeting several members of their team and are grateful for this opportunity to partner with them to serve the local community.
In August 2011, AOD founders teamed with the Lincoln Village Ministry to send Jaylen and Raul to Aviation Day Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.