Published on June 23, 2022

Health Care Foundation Awards Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarships

TUPELO, Mississippi—Family and friends recently presented the annual Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarships to individuals who are pursuing a career in health care:

Marley EdwardsMarley Edwards of Amory is pursuing an associate degree in nursing at Itawamba Community College. A 2020 graduate of Hatley High School, she plays trombone in ICC’s All-American Band and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Edwards attends Becker Baptist Church, where she serves as praise and worship leader and is involved in youth and children’s programs. 

Melanie KellerMelanie Keller of Iuka is pursuing an associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College. After starting her career as a nursing assistant, she has been a Certified Licensed Practical Nurse for more than 16 years and currently works in the Emergency Department at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. 


Alivia LindseyAlivia Lindsey of Mantachie recently graduated with honors from Mantachie High School. She was a member of the Beta Club, Anchor Club, Future Farmers of America, Mu Alpha Thea, National English Honor Society and Science Club. She was on the golf team, cheer squad and Itawamba Development Council’s Junior Leadership Team. Lindsey will attend Itawamba Community College and aspires to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. 


Morrisa ShettlesMorrisa Shettles of Houston graduated from Houston High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2021, where she served as a Supplemental Instruction leader in human biology. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Mississippi.

Spruiell was one of three people who died Nov. 19, 2017, in a medical helicopter crash in rural Arkansas. The helicopter, which was operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods, was en route from Pine Bluff, Ark., to DeWitt, Arkansas, when the crash occurred.

Spruiell joined the North Mississippi Medical Center family in 1992 as a paramedic and later transferred to CareFlight as a flight paramedic. He earned an associate degree in nursing and transitioned into the role of flight nurse in 2000. He was promoted to chief flight nurse in 2015. Spruiell acquired many professional accreditations and graciously shared his knowledge and passion with others.

Scholarship recipients can be high school seniors preparing to enter college or individuals currently in the workforce about to embark on a second career. The Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship is founded in memory of his impressive work ethic and passion to help others, whether in the field or in the classroom. His wife Lisa serves on the selection committee each year. To learn more or to donate to the Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship, visit


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