CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 31, 2023) The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has selected six students from around the state as recipients of its 2023 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships. Since 2013, the BlueCross Foundation has awarded the scholarship to help increase representation in Tennessee’s health care workforce and address health disparities statewide. Each of this year’s recipients will receive $10,000 toward school tuition. To date, the foundation has awarded $415,000 in scholarships to 44 students.

“The BlueCross Power of We Scholarship is one way we’ve been working toward health equity,” says Ron Harris, vice president of corporate workforce diversity at BlueCross. “We are proud to support some of our state’s brightest students, and we hope they will use their unique insights and experiences to help deliver high-quality care for all Tennesseans.”

This year’s recipients are:

Kendrick Cox – Cleveland
Senior, Nursing Major
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Destini Givens – Chattanooga
Senior, Psychology Major
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Anthony Guinn – Memphis
Senior, Nursing Major
Baptist Health Sciences University

Zakiya Hamza – Nashville
Senior, Nursing Major
Tennessee State University

Emmanuella Ingabire – Nashville
Senior, Nursing Major
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Farraday Johnson – Covington
Senior, Biomedical Engineering Major
University of Memphis

The BlueCross Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2024 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships later this year. Recipients are selected in partnership with the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – Memphis Chapter. To view eligibility criteria, visit

For the full stories and a video about this year’s BlueCross Power of We Scholars, visit

About BlueCross®
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. was established in December 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.