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The 2019 Power of We scholars are, from left, Kelsey Hulsey, Alexus Smith and Chyna Germany.

Two young women with ties to Chattanooga are among the latest winners of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation's Power of We scholarship, which gives three $10,000 awards each year to minority students pursuing degrees in health care-related fields.

Chyna Germany, an Antioch, Tennessee, native and rising junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will use her $10,000 award to continue her nursing education to become a nurse practitioner with a focus on serving women's needs.

Alexus Smith, a Chattanooga native, will put her $10,000 scholarship toward a similar goal — the nursing major and rising junior at East Tennessee State University has a passion for midwifery and ultimately plans to earn her master's degree in nursing and open birthing centers for low-income women in Chattanooga.

Chyna and Alexus are being honored along with fellow scholarship recipient Kelsey Hulsey, a junior nursing major at Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis.

Alison Sexter

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