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Six Tennessee Students Selected for $10,000 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation recognizes outstanding minority students pursuing health care careers  

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has selected six students from around the state as recipients of its 2022 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships. Since 2013, the BlueCross Foundation has awarded the scholarship to help increase representation in Tennessee’s health care workforce and address health disparities minority groups face. Each of this year’s recipients will receive $10,000 toward school tuition. To date, the foundation has awarded $345,000 in scholarships to 38 students.

“The BlueCross Power of We Scholarship is one way we’ve been working toward health equity,” says Ron Harris, vice president of corporate workforce diversity at BlueCross. “We are proud to support some of our state’s brightest students, and we hope they will use their unique insights and experiences to help deliver high-quality care for all Tennesseans.”

This year’s recipients are:

Destiny Bryant – Nashville

Senior, Nursing Major

University of Memphis


Audra Grace Crutchfield – Memphis

Junior, Nursing Major

University of Memphis


Brionna Cunningham – Jackson

Senior, Biology Major

Middle Tennessee State University


Bryson Hartsell – Knoxville

Junior, Therapeutic Recreation

University of Tennessee – Knoxville


Tzipora Hunter-Davis – Nashville

Senior, Nursing Major

University of Memphis


Zennia Nesmith – Chattanooga

Junior, Psychology Major

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


The Power of We Scholarship is one of several education programs supported by the BlueCross Foundation, including:

  • $1 million investment in the HCS EdConnect initiative in Hamilton County, which provided no-cost internet access to underserved students on free and reduced lunch, ensuring they could participate in virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic
  • $500,000 to establish the BlueCross Technology Academies at Soddy Daisy and Red Bank High Schools in Chattanooga
  • $500,000 provided over three years to STEP-UP Chattanooga to offer internships and job readiness training for students

The BlueCross Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2023 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships later this year. Recipients are selected in partnership with the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – Memphis Chapter.

For the full stories and a video about this year’s BlueCross Power of We Scholars, visit


About BlueCross®
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. was established in December 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.

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