Atrium Health has established the Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Endowment to support the continuing education of those who live in underserved communities. Bishop Battle is an emeritus member of the Atrium Health Board of Commissioners and Atrium Health Foundation Board, and has led efforts for affordable housing, parks, small businesses and extracurricular programs throughout the community, including in Biddleville-Five Points, a historically Black community in West Charlotte. He also served for 17 years as a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education, including four years as its chairman. A lifelong advocate for at-risk and those economically disadvantaged, Bishop Battle has received more than 100 awards and honors during his career, including the Long Leaf Pine Award, the highest award bestowed by the state of North Carolina.

Through an initial seeding of $5 million, the Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Endowment will benefit those who are in pursuit of a degree in health sciences at an Atrium Health-affiliated college or university, including Wake Forest School of Medicine, Carolinas College of Health Sciences and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Atrium Health will be engaging the community to match the initial $5 million to create a $10 million fund by the time the first students are seated at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Charlotte in 2024. To partner with Atrium Health in growing this important scholarship, use our secure donation platform to contribute to the Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Endowment today.