Cumberland University


Inaugural Recipient of Gregg Baines Memorial Scholarship Announced


Cumberland University is pleased to announce Peter Taylor, a nursing major from Lebanon, Tennessee, as the inaugural recipient of the Gregg Baines Memorial Scholarship.

Named in honor of Baines who died at the age of 42 after a nine-year battle with brain cancer, this unique scholarship is available to Cumberland University students who have personally had cancer or whose parents or siblings have experienced cancer and whose lives have been impacted in a way that might prevent them from attending school without financial assistance.  

Taylor is currently fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He and his wife Megan are most grateful for the Gregg Baines Memorial Scholarship Award and thankful to the donors who made it possible.

In addition to Taylor, Cumberland had six students who qualified for this scholarship emphasizing the importance for this particular award and how it can benefit those with this very special need.

Baines was a graduate of Lebanon High School and the University of Tennessee as well as an active member in his church and community. He worked as an engineer at Environ International Corporation and resided with his wife and two sons in Lebanon, Tennessee. After his passing, a small group of family and friends wanted to honor Gregg and his life through a scholarship at Cumberland University and worked to establish this award in his honor and memory.

The University is currently raising funds for this much-needed scholarship in hopes of supporting more than one student in the next academic year. If you are interested in making a contribution please contact Camille Burdine at (615) 547-1241 or send a donation to Cumberland University, Office of Advancement, 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087.