BCHS graduate wins 2018 Rush Scholarship

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Posted 6/18/18

Mollie Burris, a 2018 graduate of Bradley Central High School, has been awarded the third annual Jim Rush Scholarship for Public Service.Burris plans to attend Lee University in the fall with a major …

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BCHS graduate wins 2018 Rush Scholarship

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Mollie Burris, a 2018 graduate of Bradley Central High School, has been awarded the third annual Jim Rush Scholarship for Public Service.


Burris plans to attend Lee University in the fall with a major in nursing.


All high school seniors in Cleveland and Bradley County who plan to pursue a career in public service were eligible to apply for the scholarship. It is sponsored by Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services in memory of Jim Rush who passed away in 2013.


Entrants were required to write an essay explaining why they are choosing a career in public service.


Burris wrote, “I am choosing a career in public services because it is my calling to be a servant leader to God’s people.”


She continued, “I am pursuing the medical field as my career path, but I also believe I choose to serve the public with my everyday life.


“I have grown up observing those around me working in public services and see the change helping others can create.”


 Burris is the daughter of Mark and Bridgett Burris. She maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school. She was involved in numerous civic and school activities.


The scholarship was inspired by Jim Rush’s work both inside and outside the funeral business. He was passionate about public service. Throughout his illustrious career, he was involved in various aspects of law enforcement, including head of the detective division for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.




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