Anthony Thomas, 30, native of Mississippi, is a soft-spoken man who has wanted to be of service as
long as he can remember. "Even in high school I knew I wanted to help others. If someone had asked
me then what I wanted to do I would have said be a musician, but in the back of my mind I wanted to
be a nurse," he explains. "Nursing offers so much and can take me in different directions. I feel
that it will help me be become more outgoing," says Anthony.
Money has always been tight for Anthony, and there were times he had to be creative with his finances
to make ends meet. In the Winter of 2004, Anthony received help from the WCC Foundation as a recipient
of the Philip and Beulah Elving Scholarship. This assistance made the difference between whether
Anthony and his wife had a place to live or not. He admits that, "Nursing school is very demanding...
it was a time when I sure needed the help." "Beulah and Philip Elving gave the best thing in life that
anyone could receive," Anthony says, "In America, education is the most important thing."