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Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College presented the first Mama Mc Nursing scholarship during fall term 2013. The recipient of the scholarship is Natasha Rippey, an Associate Degree Nursing major at the College. Dr. Vickey McNeal established the nursing scholarship in memory of her mother, Bessie Mae Vickers, affectionately known as Mama Mc, in July 2013 through the Wallace Community College Foundation. 

Mama Mc was born in 1904 in Houston County. At 17 she married Eugene McNeal and over the next 27 years gave birth to 11 children. She was an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Gordon, Ala. 

Although her heart’s desire was to be a nurse, Mama Mc never fully realized her dream. Even though she was a partner in the farm and had a large family, she always made time to care for anyone who needed her. She often walked several miles to sit all night with someone ill, only to arrive home early enough to prepare breakfast and work in the cotton field for the day. Mama Mc lived to be 84 years old. 

Dr. McNeal said that her mother is missed by everyone who knew her. “My mother always told me ‘Get a good education, because that is something no one can take away from you,’” said Dr. McNeal. “It is my pleasure to offer this scholarship to Natasha Rippey in Mama Mc’s memory to aid in her educational goals.”

Rippey is grateful to be the recipient of the first Mama Mc Nursing scholarship. “Thank you for awarding me the Mama Mc Nursing Scholarship for fall term 2013,” she said. “I have chosen a nursing career path because I have a strong desire to help others.” Rippey, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.941, is from Newville, Ala. She is married and has three children. 

The Mama Mc Nursing scholarship provides tuition, fees, and books each semester to a Wallace Community College – Wallace Campus student majoring in the nursing program. The recipient is required to maintain a 2.5 grade point average, and must be enrolled as a full time student. Scholarship details and applications are available in the Financial Aid Office and the college website (www.wallace.edu). 

For more information about Wallace Community College, call (334) 983-3521 or 
(800) 543-2426.

Wallace Community College addresses a wide range of educational goals, including Academic Programs, Academic Transfer, Allied Health, Career Technical Instruction, Workforce Development Training, and Adult Education, including GED Preparation and English as a Second Language.  The College has two campuses — the Wallace Campus in Dothan and the Sparks Campus in Eufaula.  The Center for Economic and Workforce Development is also located in Dothan. For more information about Wallace Community College, go to www.wallace.edu. 


Pictured (left to right): Dr. Vickey McNeal, Mama Mc Nursing Scholarship recipient Natasha Rippey, and Linda C. Young, president, Wallace Community College. 
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For More Information Contact:
Barbara Thompson
Director of Public Relations and Marketing,
Wallace Community College
(334) 556-2629

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