OFTC Nursing Student Juanita Thomas Receives $2,700 Amerigroup Rural Georgia Nursing Scholarship

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) Nursing student, Juanita Thomas, was recently awarded a $2,700 scholarship from the Georgia Nurses Foundation and Amerigroup.  

Thomas, a Licensed Practical Nurse, is from Wilkinson County and is currently enrolled in the College’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bridge Program to become a Registered Nurse.  

OFTC was selected as one of ten Technical College System of Georgia institutions to award this scholarship to a current student.  

The Amerigroup Rural Georgia Nursing Scholarship was created to help alleviate the nursing shortage in the state and to ensure quality access to healthcare for residents of all areas, according to a Georgia Nurses Foundation press release.  

Among other requirements, the scholarship is awarded to qualifying LPNs enrolled in an accredited Associate or Bachelor of Nursing program who are committed to working in rural areas of the state after graduation.  

“Juanita has worked at a local nursing home for the last 33 years and met the additional requirements of the scholarship,” shared OFTC ADN-Bridge Program instructor, Leigh Anne Schmidt. “She is a dedicated student and nurse and we’re proud to have this opportunity to award this scholarship to such a deserving student.”  

To learn more about OFTC’s Nursing programs or the 130+ programs of study available, visit the college’s website, OFTC.edu.  



The mission of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is to contribute to the economic and workforce development of east central Georgia through quality technical and continuing education, adult education, and business and industry services. The College offers associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and non-credit certificates in a student-centered learning environment through traditional and distance education modes of delivery.