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Ooltewah, TN –June, 2014– Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC (IHP) and Morning Pointe Assisted Living are pleased to announce Chattanooga State nursing student Anna Grace Lowry as the recipient of the tuition-based full year scholarship for fall 2014. Lowry is a second year nursing student from Pulaski, Tennessee and she received the honor at a special ceremony at Chattanooga State.  The scholarship endowment was started in 2008 by Morning Pointe owners Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. Requirements for the scholarship include residency in Hamilton, Bradley or Meigs County, outstanding promise in character and academic performance and an interest in gerontology.  “There is such a high demand for quality nurses and a great shortage in the field, especially in senior healthcare.” explained Greg. A. Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe and IHP, “that we wanted to try and do what we could to help nursing students complete their education and go on to have a successful career in the field.”  Lowry first attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the fall of 2010 and completed her pre-requisite classes for nursing while also working towards a minor in Spanish.  “I’ve always had a keen interest in the senior healthcare field, but it wasn’t until I started to help take care of my grandmother who had Alzheimer’s that I realized I truly belong in the nursing field,” Lowry said. “I am so grateful that I’ve been awarded this scholarship because now I am able to focus solely on nursing and my family can focus their financial attention on my younger brothers’ college tuitions,” Lowry said.  In August of 2013, Lowry was accepted into the Chattanooga State School of Nursing and she currently has one year left to complete before receiving her Registered Nursing License. While in school, Lowry has also been working as a Nurse Technician for Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation and providing care to the senior patients. Lowry plans to continue her future in the medical field and hopes to receive her Nurse Practitioner License in the future.  Every year, IHP and Morning Pointe will select another Chattanooga State nursing student and grant a full tuition based scholarship for one school year.  Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based senior healthcare services company, develops and manages 23 Morning Pointe® assisted living and The Lantern® Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by regional healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.