Faculty members establish scholarship to help students

Phil Carney

JOHNSON CITY – (May 22, 2015) Several faculty members in the Department of Imaging Sciences at East Tennessee State University have established a scholarship fund in memory of a man they say had a “special place in his heart” for students of the university.

“I met Phil Carney in 2013,” said Christy Raby, an assistant professor and clinical coordinator for Imaging Sciences in ETSU’s College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. “I knew immediately that he loved our students. He really took an interest in their education.”

As director of radiology for LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Carney worked annually with three ETSU radiography students completing their clinical requirements at the facility.

 “He just had a special place in his heart for our students,” Raby said. “He always said, ‘Be sure to let them know how much I enjoy working with ETSU students.’”

Carney, himself, graduated from Madison Hospital School of Radiography in 1974 and completed his didactic work at Vanderbilt University.

Carney died suddenly in April from a heart attack. He was 62.

“Prior to his passing away, I had this idea that I wanted to start a scholarship to help students during the summer because that can be hard on students since they aren’t full-time,” Raby said. “Then he passed away and I thought this would be a great way to honor him. He loved the students so much. I haven’t met another director of radiology yet that has been so invested in the students’ education.”

Raby and a handful of other faculty members have donated to the new scholarship fund and are actively seeking donations from others.

“Our goal is to fund one student for the summer,” Raby said. “If we can raise enough to help two students that would be great.”

Remembering Carney as a “humble” man, Raby said she imagined he would be “absolutely thrilled and so honored” to know a scholarship to help students has been set up in his honor.

Gifts for the Philip Carney Radiography Scholarship Fund can be made to the ETSU Foundation/Carney Scholarship and mailed to: P.O. Box 70721; Johnson City, TN 37604.

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