Mountain States Foundation awards three more Don Brewer Scholarships


Greg Gheen (in suit) of Realty
Trust Group of Knoxville, which funds the
scholarships, with 2013 scholarship winners (from left)
Cole Harmon, Rebekah Rollston
and Rebecca Williams.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Mountain States Foundation has awarded its 2013 Don Brewer Scholarships, providing support to three more Mountain States Health Alliance-connected students pursuing careers in health care.

This year’s winners are:

  • Rebekah Rollston, a second-year Quillen College of Medicine student;
  • Cole Harmon, a second-year occupational therapy student at Milligan College;
  • Rebecca Williams, a full-time nurse at Smyth County Community College in Marion, Va., who is studying to become a nurse practitioner.

The scholarship fund is sponsored by Realty Trust Group of Knoxville and awards three scholarships of $2,000 apiece. To be eligible, you must be a Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) team member or a dependent of an MSHA team member, and be a student in the health care field in this region – in physical therapy or occupational therapy school, medical school or pharmacy school.

Rollston is a graduate of Science Hill High School and Milligan College and has also worked as a CNA.

Harmon is doing his final clinical rotation at Milligan. He has also worked as a CNA. He is a graduate of Milligan and of Hampton High School.

Williams works full-time at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Va., as a nurse in the intensive care unit. She is also going to school full-time to become a nurse practitioner, and she has three kids.

The scholarship fund is named in honor of the late Don Brewer, who was a native of Upper East Tennessee and was instrumental during the early days of MSHA in helping the system consolidate and manage multiple physician office buildings.

Greg Gheen, president of Realty Trust and a close friend of Brewer’s, presented the scholarships at the Mountain States Foundation Office. Realty Trust has consistently been ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation’s Top 25 health care development companies.

“Don passed away in 2012. He was a great guy and we really miss him,” Gheen said. “He did a lot of work with Mountain States Health Alliance, and we thought this would be a good way to honor his memory.

“It means a lot to be able to do this, and I give regular updates to Don’s widow about our scholarship winners.”

“We thank you so very much,” Pat Holtsclaw, president of Mountain States Foundation, told Gheen. “This is a great way to honor your friend by helping others.”

For more information about Mountain States Foundation, call 423-302-3131 or visit

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