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Nancy Ann Griffey Jordan and Carla Marie Griffey Hazlewood, daughters of the late Flora Mae Griffey, have chosen to honor their mother's life legacy by establishing a scholarship in her honor.
Flora Mae Griffey established Griffey's Professional Uniforms in 1970, an era when it was uncommon for women to establish a business. Early in her career, a uniform sales' representive told her that she would never make it in the uniform business. Forty-Four years later and with four stores across the state, she proved him wrong.
It was important to Griffey that health care uniforms were professional and she was adamant in portraying this meassage to all her customers. She espeically hqd qn interest in the nursing profession and admired the uniforms that nurses wore. Griffey followed many of her customers in the 40 years she ran her business. She saw medical professionals attend school, graduate, persue careers and some retire.
Flora Mae Griffey died in June 2009 and the family business was passed to her daughter, Nance Griffey Jordan. Because it was imperative to her daughters that they give to the profession that their mother carried so close to her heart, Jordan and Hazlewood established The Flora Mae Griffey Nursing Scholarship and the Griffey's Professionalism Award at the College of Nursing. The scholarhip will support a baccalaureate student with financial need and the award will support a baccalaureate student who demonstrates leadership in setting the professional standards in the nursing practice. They also established scholarship endowments at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Baptist Health Foundation. "We are proud of our mother, and we are honoring her by providing financial support to nursing students," Said Nancy Jordan
Today, Griffey's Professional Uniforms provides uniforms to health care professionals who work in hospitals, private clinics and nursing homes.