Atlanta, GA, May 7, 2016 – The Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association (AAPA) (, a community-based organization composed of alumnae from National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) member fraternities, awarded Julie Samples, a candidate for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the Chamberlain College of Nursing and member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, a $2,000 scholarship in recognition of her academic and service-based accomplishments.

Since 1932, the AAPA has provided scholarships to women from the Atlanta area, as part of its goal of supporting academic achievement among women. The AAPA Luann Rhodes Alumnae Scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving NPC sorority alumna continuing her education. “This woman is a perfect example of the type of person the scholarship was intended for – an active alumna who is pursuing further education,” said Marge Reason, who endowed the scholarship and is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.

Samples, a resident of Peachtree Corners, is a 1986 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Interior Design.  After a long and successful career as an interior designer, Julie was inspired to pursue her degree in nursing because of her interest in serving medically fragile children.  She is now enrolled in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Chamberlain College of Nursing and anticipates graduating by the end of 2016.

Julie has been a very active member of the AAPA for years, having served as the Panhellenic delegate or alternate delegate for Gamma Phi Beta sorority for about 20 years.

Samples was presented with her scholarship by Mrs. Reason’s daughter Deirdre Hill, Alpha Chi Omega and AAPA Ex-Officio, during the AAPA Scholarship Luncheon on May 7, 2016 held at the Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Atlanta Panhellenic Alumnae Association:

Founded in 1927, the Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association (AAPA) ( is a community-based organization affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). AAPA membership is composed of 21 representative alumnae from the 26 NPC member fraternities. For over 80 years, the purpose of the AAPA has been to inform fraternity women of current trends, promote the fraternity system, improve the Panhellenic image, and stimulate a continuing interest in Panhellenic affairs.