Brenda Echelbarger Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Brenda Echelbarger Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Brenda Echelbarger by her closest friends. Brenda was a graduate of Mid-Michigan Community College and a nurse for 19 years at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gratiot. She embodied the finest qualities of a nurse; she was calm, assuring, and encouraging – especially in the case of the underdog. Brenda brought out the best in the people. She loved her career as well as being a mother and a grandmother. Brenda lost her life to domestic violence in January of 2015.
Brenda’s friends created the B.E. Strong Group, which hosts a 5K race each year in Brenda’s honor. The founder said, “We don’t just want to help people get out (of domestic violence situations). We want to help people leave before it starts. If we help one person, this is all worth it.”
The founder and supporters of the Brenda Echelbarger Memorial Scholarship Fund believe that education is the key to a fresh start. They want to honor Brenda as a community member who was a natural educator and leader through her nursing profession. Scholarship recipients will be individuals who have made the decision to leave an abusive situation and are actively pursuing higher education.