East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Volunteer Council has memorialized the late Taylor Corum, a Farragut High School student who volunteered at the hospital, with a $2,000 scholarship in her name.
“Taylor exemplified the volunteer spirit and this memorial scholarship will ensure that her name lives on at Children’s Hospital,” Erica Estep, ETCH public relations manager, said.
“We’re honored,” Robin Corum, Taylor Corum’s mother, said. “I think [the scholarship] was awesome for the hospital to do.
“They say they will be doing it every year and [Taylor] will be remembered forever. I think she made an impact there.
“Everyone loved her. She played with the children, cleaned the rooms and rocked the babies.”
“It’s a great way to keep her name out there,” David Corum, Taylor’s father, said.
The Council awarded the scholarship to Jacob Hodgson, a Farragut High School Class of 2016 graduate, during a reception at the hospital Tuesday, July 26.
Hodgson also received a memorial scholarship in memory of Taylor from Farragut High School during an awards ceremony at the school in May.
He plans to attend East Ten-nessee State University and said he wants to be a forensic accoun-tant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation some day.
Robin said FHS students made a bracelet, which they sold, and proceeds went into the school’s memorial scholarship.
Sarah Minnick, a Farragut High School graduate planning to attend The University of Tennessee, received a separate scholarship for $1,000 from ETCH Volunteer Council.
“Recipients of the Children’s Hospital Volunteer Council scholarship were chosen after a comprehensive application and selection process,” Estep said.
Corum, 18, died in a car crash in April. Her brother, Dylan, walked across the stage at Thompson-Boling Arena in May to accept Taylor’s diploma on her behalf, Robin said.
Taylor not only took honors classes at FHS and volunteered at the hospital where her mother works, but she also worked at Suntan City.
“So many people knew her,” David said. Taylor wrote poetry and posted it online.
“She touched a lot of people,” he said.