2019 Tillman Scholar
Sarah first met her husband Derrick in the sixth grade, but their love story took a long pause until the fall of 2009. Sarah was finishing her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Derrick was a junior at the Air Force Academy when they met again. They married in May of 2011 and soon thereafter Derrick completed training to become a U-28 pilot for the Air Force Special Operations Command.
Throughout five moves across the country and six overseas deployments, Sarah has learned to thrive by getting involved in the local community and fully engaging in her nursing career. She served on a rural community health council, volunteered as faculty advisor for the Student Nurses Association, and recently started volunteering with Nurses International, an organization that provides open source materials for nursing educators in developing countries.
With eight years of nursing experience, Sarah decided to pursue her dream of becoming an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. She was accepted to Emory University and selected as a scholar in the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Program last fall. She will complete all clinical rotations within the Atlanta VA system providing primary care services to veterans. A moving experience volunteering at a foot care clinic for Atlanta’s homeless community prompted Sarah to seek additional certification in wound care. As a nurse practitioner, her goal is to improve the quality of life for older adults and volunteer with medical clinics to provide wound care services for those in need.