Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarships are awarded to women who express financial need and an interest in pursuing studies in nursing or other health-related professions. Lettie Pate Whitehead scholars, as you will see below, are highly motivated students who have displayed leadership inside and outside of the classroom. Selection is made by the SHP Office of Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success.


Savanna Blackmon

Savanna Blackmon

Hometown: Cullman, Alabama
Major: Health Care Management (Class of 2019)

“The Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship has been a stepping stone in my education, helping me to pay for specific classes that will overall help me reach my ultimate goal of being able to care for people and advocate for them and their health needs even when they are unable to do so for themselves. Once I graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham this summer term, I will then begin pursing my master’s degree in occupational therapy and research. It is my dream to become an occupational therapist. Using the degree I have obtained from UAB I will have the knowledge necessary to go a step further into my dreams and start occupational therapy clinics that specialize in Orthoses and Prostheses Being a recipient of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship means more to me than a scholarship helping me pay for my classes, it represents another dollar towards my goals and dreams, another dollar toward my mission to help people that are unable to help themselves.”


Emily Patterson

Emily Patterson

Hometown: Alabaster, Alabama
Major: Health Care Management (Class of 2019)

“Being a recipient of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship is a huge honor because it means that I am a part of a group of young professionals wanting to change healthcare. This scholarship has helped me be able to focus on school instead of my financial situation. I plan to further my education by obtaining a degree in Healthcare Informatics and become a consultant for an EHR vendor.”


Megan Rollins

Megan Rollins

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Major: Health Care Management (Class of 2019)

“I feel so honored to be a recipient of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship. I understand that Ms. Whitehead was a firm believer in education and I feel so thankful to have been blessed by her generous giving. This scholarship has helped me continue my education at UAB by receiving my Bachelor’s in Health Care Management. Receiving this scholarship has helped my parents and I in more ways than one. After graduation, I will be working on my Master’s degree in Health Informatics. However, once I finish that degree next summer, my goal is to work with transplant patients. I plan to stay at UAB which is the home to one of the best transplant centers in the state of Alabama! I would like to express my gratitude again by saying how thankful I am to receive this scholarship.”


Chloe Sapalaran

Chloe Sapalaran

Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Major: Health Care Management (Class of 2019) - Health Informatics Fast-Track

“The Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship is an honor to have received. What this scholarship means to me is dignity and higher education for women who pursue a career in health care. This scholarship has helped me pursue and further my education in health care by allowing me to partake in a dual-degree program which has allowed me to begin graduate school while an undergrad. After graduation, I plan to finish up my master’s in health informatics and find a career in project management or quality analytics.”


Adreonna Summerville

Adreonna Summerville

Major: Health Care Management (Class of 2019)

“Being a recipient of this scholarship means so much to me. Having this opportunity to receive a wonderful scholarship to help go towards my college education was amazing! It allowed me to conquer one of my top goals by finishing my Bachelor’s degree and graduating this August. After graduation, I plan to further my education here at UAB as I finish my pre-requisites for dental school and apply to dental school next year.”