Granville Health System Foundation Awards 2016 Sam Perry Scholarship to Claudia McCullough Willett


OXFORD, NC (June 27, 2016)The Granville Health System Foundation has announced that Claudia McCullough Willett of Oxford was awarded the sixth annual Sam Perry Scholarship. Ms. Willett, who is the daughter of Martha Hilton-Willett, graduated from J. F. Webb High School of Health & Life Sciences. She attends Duke University and is pursuing a career in nursing.


The Foundation established the scholarship fund in memory of Sam Perry, a physician’s assistant (PA) whose specialized medical care earned him deep respect from both patients and peers throughout his career.


"Sam would be proud to see this young woman earn this scholarship in pursuit of a career in health care," said Gary Bowman, President of the Granville Health System Foundation. “By seeking out exceptional students for this recognition, we will continue to honor Sam’s vision.”


The Sam Perry Scholarship is awarded to a Granville County resident who has been accepted into a two-year or four-year Allied Health Program at an accredited school and who intends to pursue a career in the allied health care field. Programs eligible for this scholarship include clinical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiological science, pharmacy, RN, BSN, ADN, LPN, dentistry and related careers, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner.


Ms. Willett’s impressive record illustrates the qualities of academic performance, leadership, and community involvement that are sought by the Sam Perry Scholarship selection committee.


Throughout high school and college, Ms. Willett took some of the most challenging courses offered, and graduated high school with a 4.4 GPA and continues to succeed at Duke University.  


She is a member of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society as well as the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society.  She is a Student Ambassador for the Duke University School of Nursing and a member of Nurses without Borders. She has spent time volunteering at Granville Medical Center, Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic in Raleigh, and Global Medical Dental Brigade in Panama.


“Ms. Willett had outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement during her time at J.F. Webb School of Health and Life Sciences and she continues to receive the same high level marks at Duke University.” said Martha Wrenn of the Sam Perry Scholarship Committee. “We are confident that she has an exciting future in nursing after she graduates.”


About the Granville Health System Foundation

The mission of Granville Health System Foundation is to serve as a charitable resource for Granville Health System, supporting its commitment to providing quality health care to all citizens of the community, where they work and live. The Foundation builds support for GHS and provides financial resources to purchase new equipment, develop new services, maintain and improve facilities, and recruit new health professionals to Granville County. For more information about the Granville Health System Foundation, or to make an online contribution, please visit The Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


About Granville Health System

For more than 96 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home.  To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at

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