DeGhelder family remembers daughter, creates scholarship in her name


Meet Donna and Weldon Morrison. 

“We’re the parents of Andrya DeGhelder the young woman from Grovetown who was murdered recently.” 

Something they say they’d never wish for anyone else to have to say. 

“Andrya always wanted to help others,” says Donna.

So they created a scholarship at Augusta University in their daughter’s memory.  

“This way she can fulfill her dreams if not personally, then through the education of others.” 

DeGhelder graduated from AU last year with a Masters in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 

“She was very strong in her will to get educated to do this,” says Donna. “She went through it the hard way. We didn’t have the money to send her to school. She did it all on her own through horrible trials.” 

Her research was with blood disorders inspired by her own personal experience with a related illness. 

“Overcame that, became a mother, worked and went to school and got where she wanted to be and then was cut short,” says Donna.

Her lifelong friend says all of us lost something with her death, because her studies could have led to cures for a range of diseases. 

The memorial scholarship is a way to keep her life’s work alive. 

“Please, please be generous in helping us build her legacy. We’re going to try to make something positive from this,” says Donna.

They have this message for those of you who have supported their family:

“You realize there are good people out there. You just do and it’s amazing. It is amazing. I just can’t thank people enough. There are no words. It’s wonderful.”

For more info on the Andrya DeGhelder Memorial Scholarship, CLICK HERE. 

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