Krista Riad recipient of Coombs scholarship

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Posted 7/17/19

Krista Riad, a 2019 graduate of Cleveland High School, has been named recipient of the inaugural Coombs Motivation Scholarship.The joint announcement is made by Drs. Janet and Rob Coombs, scholarship …

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Krista Riad recipient of Coombs scholarship

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Krista Riad, a 2019 graduate of Cleveland High School, has been named recipient of the inaugural Coombs Motivation Scholarship.

The joint announcement is made by Drs. Janet and Rob Coombs, scholarship founders, and Cathy Barrett, president of the Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic performance, community service and financial need.

The scholarship recipient has set a goal of becoming a registered pediatric nurse and has already begun preparing for this career by taking numerous health science classes and interning at Tennova Healthcare.

While at CHS, she was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team, Key Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Health Occupations Students of America. Her involvement at her church included the N*Light*N Youth Choir, Children’s Church volunteer and Vacation Bible School leader. She volunteered her time for Holston Home for Children, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission and Operation Christmas Child. 

Her teacher, Athena Davis, said of Krista, “She has an empathy for others that gives me great hope for our future.”

The Coombs Motivation Scholarship Fund was established at the Community Foundation in August 2018.

Drs. Janet and Rob Coombs, longtime residents of Cleveland, created the scholarship to recognize and encourage students in Bradley County who are motivated to achieve their future goals through the pursuit of a college degree. Dr. Janet Coombs is a general surgeon who has been with Surgical Associates of Cleveland since 1997. Dr. Rob Coombs is a professor with doctorate degrees in ministry and philosophy. His columns appear regularly in the Cleveland Daily Banner.

The Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County is a public, nonprofit community foundation where many donors join together to make the community they love a better place, today and for future generations.

The Community Foundation is made up a collection of individual charitable funds established by individuals, families, businesses, and other nonprofits and foundations.

"The Community Foundation is committed to serving and understanding donor needs, handling complex charitable gifts, wisely managing charitable funds, and leveraging its community knowledge and partnerships to increase charitable impact," Barrett said.

To learn more about the Foundation and its many services, visit www.clevelandbradleyfoundation.org or contact Barrett at cbarrett@clevelandbradleyfoundation.org.


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