JCJC student receives American Legion scholarship
Written By: Teresa Martin
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Date Submitted: 2011-06-03 16:10:06
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College Associate Degree nursing student, Ashley Lynn Scafide was surprised to learn she was the recipient of a special scholarship. The 40&8 Scholarship was recently presented to the Laurel resident by American Legion representatives, Harry Pippen and Jim Hale, who was the past chef de gare.
The scholarship’s origins begin in the First World War. Hale said the American soldiers were transported to the trenches in French boxcars which were stenciled with 40/8, denoting the boxcar’s capacity of 40 men or eight horses. The soldiers saw the drastic need for nurses in the trenches to help save lives and as a result they used that boxcar reference in establishing a new organization within the American Legion. In 1920, as American Veterans returned home they created the 40 & 8 to help eliminate the shortage of nurses by providing scholarships to deserving nursing students. The Laurel chapter, 40 &8 Voiture Locale 297 was represented by Pippen and Jim Hale.