Gretta Ellis graduated from the Take Stock in Children program at South Sumter High School in 2004 after joining the program in 10th grade. The help she received after an injury in high school led her to an interest in health care. Even then, her areas of interest included becoming a registered nurse. She credits the program with helping her achieve her dream of helping people in the medical field. If not for the scholarship she received through Take Stock, she may not be where she is today.
“I always knew that my future was in the medical field,” she says. “This scholarship helped me achieve my Associate degree in nursing, and I worked as a Registered Nurse in the emergency department. This scholarship set the basis for my educational platform.” Not only did Gretta benefit from the scholarship, but also from the support and encouragement she received through the program. The initial scholarship helped Gretta get started on her educational path, and she has since gone back to school to earn her Bachelor of Nursing, and just recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She will soon take the state board exam to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.