Sneed considers scholarship an investment in the future

“I think it’s [funding the scholarships] important because what is coming out of our universities is the future of the country,” said Sneed, who is the chairman of the board of Brooks Rehabilitation. “To give a student who needs financial help a chance to go to college is one of the most important things we can do.”

Sneed’s scholarship, named for his wife, is the Friends of the Brooks College of Health — Lynne M. Sneed Endowed Scholarship.

“Gary and Lynne have a special connection to the Brooks College of Health,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the college. “They desire to help the average student succeed, and at the same time, are committed to quality health care.”

Gary Sneed knows firsthand the need for health professionals like nurses and therapists. Lynne Sneed was so sick in 1989 she was in a coma for two months and suffered more than a 100 grand mal seizures as the result of a cyst on her brain. The prognosis was bleak. After eight months of hospitalization, Gary Sneed was told his wife would have to be institutionalized.

Someone then recommended Sneed go to a rehabilitation hospital called Memorial, which eventually grew to become two hospitals, Memorial and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. Sneed took his wife there for treatment and four-and-a-half months later she had completely recovered and was even playing golf again. At the time, Sneed was the executive vice president of Computer Power, which later became Alltel Information Services. He was so impressed with what the hospital and its staff had done for his wife that he asked what he could do to help the hospital. Through the years, Sneed has been closely involved with Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. “Those people at Brooks just walk on water,” Sneed said.

“The [Brooks] College of Health is critical to health care in Jacksonville,” Sneed said.