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Front Page - Friday, November 27, 2020

Southern Adventist University students receive scholarships




Melissa Moore, director of Humanitarian Engagement and Christian Service at Southern Adventist University; Greg Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties; Angelyn Edwards, junior music major; Nicole Pustea, junior biology major; Rita Vital; Kevin Singh, senior biology major; David Smith, president, Southern Adventist University. - Photograph provided

Three students at Southern Adventist University were awarded the 2020-21 Rita Vital Endowed Scholarship for Faith and Service Learning last week.

Chosen for demonstrating a desire to serve others while in college, this year’s honorees are biology majors Kevin Singh and Nicole Pustea and music major Angelyn Edwards.

In 2017, Southern alum Greg Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties, established the fund to honor his mother, Rita Vital, and her lifelong pursuit of service and support for Christian education.

“True joy comes from a life of service,” Rita Vital says. “I’m proud of these young people, and I would like for them to experience the same happiness I have felt while spreading love to others.”

“Service fills a void in your life,” Greg Vital adds. “Education is not only about furthering your own achievements but also bettering the lives of others. Recipients are chosen based on their history of service along with their potential to impact the lives of others. I expect these recipients will continue to give back in many ways.”

“I encourage others to not be afraid to serve,” Edwards says. “Service connects me to God and to others. I have seen how God can use any talent, even if not in the most typical fashion.”

Source: Southern Adventist University