Landry Phillips of Spruce Pine Selected for Nursing Scholarship

(l-r) Corny Wood, Landry Phillips, and Bob Wood met in Mars Hill University’s Ferguson Health Sciences Center to celebrate Phillips’ selection as the fall 2021 Wood Scholar.

James Landry Phillips of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, is the fall 2021 recipient of the Arthur Everett Wood Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Mars Hill University. Phillips is a senior in the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the university’s Judge-McRae School of Nursing, and is president of the senior nursing class. He has worked with several community outreach programs, including COVID-19 shot clinics, and has worked with Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, in Spruce Pine. Phillips earned his associate degree from Mayland Community College before enrolling at Mars Hill.

The Wood Scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated need who maintains high grades overall and within science classes, who demonstrates leadership qualities, is passionate and compassionate, is invested in and committed to the calling of nursing, and who demonstrates caring and community service. It was established in memory of Art Wood, a member of the Mars Hill class of 1947 and a Mars Hill professor of mathematics and physics from 1949 to 1991.

Bob Wood and Corny Wood, Art Wood’s son and daughter-in-law, visited the MHU campus last month to meet Phillips and congratulate him on his selection for the Wood Scholarship.

About the Judge-McRae School of Nursing:

The Judge-McRae School of Nursing offers the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Ferguson Health Sciences Center on the Mars Hill University campus. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mars Hill University (Judge-McRae School of Nursing) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The Judge-McRae School of Nursing and Ferguson Health Sciences Center received support from GoldenLEAF Foundation.