Scholarship Recipient Bailey Grantham Pursues Career Helping Children

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Bailey Grantham of Brooklet, Ga. has dreamed of becoming a pediatric physical therapist since she was six years old. When she graduates from Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, she will be one step closer to fulfilling her dream.

“My sister, Marlyn, had been in and out of the hospital for years,” Grantham explains. “One day while sitting in the waiting room, I saw this little boy working with a physical therapist. After my parents explained what they were doing, I said, ‘That’s what I want to do when I grow up!’”

Grantham loves children. “They are the people of tomorrow: The ones who will make a bigger impact than I will in the rest of my lifetime,” she said. “I hope to use my education to change the world one patient at a time and in a way that they say, ‘That physical therapist didn’t give up on me! She encouraged me even when I wasn’t having a good day.’”

A challenging curriculum, long hours volunteering, taking on some student debt, and four more years of school have not deterred Grantham from her goal of helping children overcome their physical limitations. Fortunately, her father, Rev. Chip Grantham, Senior Pastor of Brooklet UMC in Brooklet, Ga., told her about the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) scholarship. This unique program enabled her to receive up to $4,000 per year in financial aid from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, her sponsoring church, Brooklet UMC, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, and Young Harris College.

“I cried the first time I received this scholarship. I have had to take out a loan every year in order to go back to Young Harris, but because of this scholarship, I have not had to take out as many loans,” Grantham said. “Words cannot express my gratitude to all of the people who have donated their time and money to make these scholarships possible.”

If you would like to bless a student with a UMDFS scholarship, please contact Nancy Young at 678-708-6601 or nyoung@gumf.org.

This article was originally published in the Summer 2017 edition of Faith & Money, a publication of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.