Doctors Give Back Through Community Scholarships
CLARKSDALE – For many Coahoma Community College alumni and community members, success isn’t just a reward; it’s a responsibility. Two of those individuals are choosing to live up to that responsibility by giving back through community scholarships.
Dr. Kushna K. Damallie is a local OB/GYN with a desire to give back and serve his local community. Dr. Nate Lowe is a CCC alumnus with a passion for helping those who’ve helped him achieve the success he enjoys today. Their scholarships are just two of several great opportunities available to CCC students.
To apply to Dr. Kushna K. Damallie’s scholarship CLICK HERE.
Dr. Damallie, a physician at Clarksdale Woman’s Clinic was recruited to the Clarksdale area in 2003. In addition to his positive contributions in the area of health, Damallie wanted to contribute something more.
“I had a desire to do something positive for the community in the education arena, so I thought if would be good idea to start a scholarship fund with a local college,” he said.
That was the humble beginning of the Delta Scientific Scholarship. Damallie decided to specifically target students interested in the medical profession with plans to remain in the Delta. In addition, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit an essay expressing their goals and desire to contribute to the community.
“There is a need for readily accessible doctors, nurses and medical practitioners in the Mississippi Delta,” said Damallie. “This is a community with a lot of issues in terms of accessibility to health care, so I wanted to encourage young medical professionals to stay here and help out all they can.
Damallie said he received a lot of help while working his way through college and views the scholarship not only as a way to pay it forward, but also as encouragement for students.
“It’s good to hear you made a difference and helped someone. Hopefully I can inspire others to get involved. You have to give back and show your support.”
Although he lives thousands of miles away, Dr. Lowe will never forget the impact Coahoma Community College made on his life.
The retired U.S. Marine currently serves as the founder of Nate Lowe and Associates Consulting Services in San Diego, California, which specializes in assisting new businesses and existing businesses enter into the market of Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation service. He said his successes never would’ve been possible had it not been for the opportunities given to him by Coahoma Community College.
“The people at CCC saw something in me that no one else saw. I’ve never looked back, but I’ve never forgotten what happened for me there,” said Lowe.
Lowe was born and raised on a plantation where his family lived as sharecroppers. He said he never dreamed of attending college directly after high school and had plans instead to work in the fields to help support his family until he could save enough money to do otherwise.
But all of that changed when he came into contact with some individuals in the Clarksdale community when coming to the area to handle some family business. One thing led to another and, before he knew it, he was being introduced to former CCC Presidents Dr. B.F. McLaurin and Dr. J.E Miller. After inquiring about Lowe’s talents, they soon discovered he had a gift for singing.
“They called in the choir director and the band director. I began to sing the song ‘He’s Sweet I Know’ and halfway through the choir director held up her hand and said ‘I’ll take him,’” Lowe recalled.
It was the start to adventurous journey that would one end with Lowe becoming Doctor Nate Lowe.
“I like to tell young people that it’s not about where you came from, it’s where you’re headed. Where you are today in not indicative of where you’ll be tomorrow.”
As a result, Lowe said he makes an effort to support the people and things that have made a difference in his life. He’s currently offering six $500 scholarships to CCC students. Requirements include a 3.8 GPA and a two-page essay regarding the educational goals and their plans to use it to benefit society.
“I learned growing up; Never forget where you come from. I always said when I got the opportunity I was going to help the people who played a role in life,” Lowe said.
“One of the things I’m a big proponent of is urging people to make a difference in their own backyard. Whatever you get you have to earn it, then you have to decide how you’re going to use it. I’m big on community efforts. …Go back and contribute something.”
The deadline to apply for Dr. Nate Lowe’s scholarship has been extended to March 17. Students can apply for The Delta Scientific Scholarship as well as a host of other community scholarships from March 4 through April 4.
For more questions or information about available community scholarships, contact Margaret Dixon, CCC Director of Research and Assessment, at (662) 621-4670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply to Dr. Nate Lowe’s scholarship CLICK HERE.