On March 9, 2023, the Patriot family lost a young man very near and dear to our hearts, Jeffery Allen Cross. Born on December 6, 1988 with a genetic condition affecting his 13q chromosome, Jeffery lived his life as an example of pure selflessness and overcame many hardships. Despite all odds, he lived to experience joy and felt the love of those around him every day. Jeffery had a happy spirit and a great sense of humor. Being able to take care of Jeffery for 34 years was a blessing and an inspiration behind what we do at Patriot Homecare. Jeffery's mother, Syble Hester, and his sister, our COO, Megan Mullins, were greatly impacted by Jeffery's presence in their life. Acting as caregivers, best friends, and supporters, Syble and Megan saw firsthand how important it is for people with disabilities to be truly cared for and treated with dignity and respect. Even in his passing, Jeffery remains a bright light for others, and his testimony inspires us to continue treating our patients with the same care and attentiveness we would provide to our own families. In Jeffery's memory, we have decided to pour into our local communities and act as a bright light for local students as they prepare to pursue higher education. This year, we have awarded 5 one-time scholarships of $500 to qualifying students to help with college expenses. We look forward to growing and building our scholarship fund in Jeffery's honor and using his testimony of strength, love, and selflessness to contribute to the future of young people right here at home. For the upcoming Spring 2024 semester, we will be awarding $1,000 each to three qualifying students. See below to apply.
The Jeffery Cross Memorial Scholarship will provide financial assistance in the amount of $1000 to college students attending school in East Tennessee. The $1000 award will be used for expenses associated with attending school and will be disbursed directly to the college in which the student attends. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or a college student currently enrolled as a part- or full-time student. This scholarship is open for accredited colleges, vocational schools, or four-year universities. If selected, candidates will be required to show proof of registration for the Spring 2024 semester. Scholarship awards are selected via a random, computer generated draw. 3 awards are available. Deadline to apply is December 31st, 2023.
Additional exclusions may apply.
Patriot Homecare does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in special circumstances permitted or mandated by law).
Please fill out and submit the form below to apply:
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Jeffery loved the Minions, the Grinch, and spending time with his family. Jeffery enjoyed spending time by the ocean and joking around with people. He is greatly missed and loved by many.