The Heritage Hall Alumni Association (HHAA) recently recognized Genesis Franks ’20 as its 2021 Alumni Scholarship recipient. The scholarship honors an alumnus/a who has been in higher education for at least one semester and who exemplifies the tenets of the School’s Charger Code – to learn with honor, to lead with courage, and to serve with compassion. Award recipients receive $1,000, and an additional $250 is donated to the charity of their choice.
A sophomore at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Franks is pursuing a nursing degree specializing in pediatrics. Upon graduating, Franks aims to open a pediatric healthcare facility serving the needs of underprivileged youth.
“As a student at Heritage Hall, I was encouraged to not only know the Charger Code but also to live it every day. The Code is a part of my life motto, guiding my aspiration to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and inspiring my belief in the important roles love and compassion play in caring for individuals in need,” Franks said.
Upon receiving the award from HHAA Vice President Ashley Stark Ford ’02, Franks commented, “Because of my love and passion for others, I am determined to make my dream of becoming a nurse come true. I am grateful to the HHAA for the opportunity to receive this honorable scholarship that will help further my nursing education and bring me a step closer to achieving my goals.”
As the beneficiary of the $250 charitable donation, Franks chose the Oklahoma Mother’s Milk Bank, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants.
“Oklahoma Mother’s Milk Bank contributes pasteurized milk from healthy breastfeeding mothers to babies who are critically ill and who are unable to feed off of their biological mothers. The love and quality of care Mother’s Milk Bank provides demonstrates what I believe pediatric nursing is all about. I am incredibly thankful for the ability to impact such a worthwhile organization positively. It is my sincere wish that this donation will help a newborn receive the nutrients needed to heal and give hope to a birth mother who cannot produce milk for her baby,” said Franks.
Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.