Dr. Tammy M. Finney Scholarship

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Tammy M. Finney, DNP, MSN, RN, CHCR, has served in the capacity of Chief, Community Relations & Engagement and Public Affairs Officer for seven years at the Columbia VA Health Care System. Finney was appointed as the Center for Development & Civic Engagement (CDCE) Board of Directors (representing Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina). Dr. Finney is the Vice Chancellor of the Health Care Talent Academy (HCTA), member of the work group White House Executive Orders, and she serves on multiple committees at the Dorn VA Medical Center to support the mission and vision to enhance the Veterans’ experience. She is a registered nurse of 33 years, in areas such as Oncology, Quality Management, Ambulatory Care, Medical-Surgical, Emergency/Critical Care, Nurse Recruiter/Retention Officer, Education, and Nurse Administrator. 

Dr. Finney earned her Associate of Science Nursing degree at Burlington County College, Bachelor of Science Nursing at Siena Heights University, Master of Science Nursing at Walden University, and Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in Leadership & Management at Walden University. She is an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Volunteer, Certified Wellness Coach, Mediator, and a faculty member for the CDCE Academy. 

Dr. Finney is a mentor for the nationally recognized Columbia VA Health Care System Summer Student Program, where she educates youth on the contributions and sacrifices of Veterans. She supports and guides them to become community change agents, provides opportunities for learning, and helps them to discover their prospective careers by placing them in various departments to serve Veterans during their volunteer experience. In recognition of Dr. Finney’s commitment to youth and helping to shape their lives, in 2020 the Psi Zeta Phi Military Sorority, Inc. created the Tammy M. Finney Youth Scholarship.  

Honors she has received include the 2009 SC Nurses Foundation Palmetto Gold Top 100 Nurses, 2009 University of South Carolina Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Fellow, 2010 Columbia VA Health Care System Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2018 Woodsmen of the World Community Leader Award, 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Excellence Award, and 2021 Psi Zeta Phi, Military Sorority, Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of South Carolina Philharmonic Advisory Council, Women’s and Gender Studies Partnership Council at the University of South Carolina, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Eta Phi, Sorority Inc., Sigma Theta Tau International, and honorary member of Psi Zeta Phi, Sorority, Inc. 

Dr. Finney is married to the Honorable Ernest A. Finney III, and they have four amazing children

Criteria for Tammy M. Finney Scholarship

  1. Complete application
  2. Submit a reference from a Veteran(s)
  3. Volunteer 350hrs or more to serve Veterans at VA facilities and/or in the community (must provide documentation)
  4. Write an essay, minimum 500 words, on: “What impact have Veterans made in your life and for this country?”
Scholarship Application

Tammy Finney scholarship is available to high school students and home-schooled students. Dependents of Military Families have first priority.

  1. Make a copy of the blank application form and complete a draft copy first.
  2. Return a typed or neatly printed application to your high school guidance counselor by the deadline due date. This application is the first impression you will make upon those who award scholarships.
  3. Check with your guidance counselor and/or the scholarship provider concerning additional requirements. Please attached acceptance letter from school or instution. Certain scholarships require additional information such as the FAFSA application,written essays, or specific financial documents.

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