CaroMont Health Foundation Announces 2023 Scholarship Recipients
Recently, the CaroMont Health Foundation awarded $120,300 in scholarships to area students and healthcare professionals. All recipients are pursuing a career in healthcare or looking to advance their medical training.
The CaroMont Health Foundation awarded the funds through seven scholarships: Lee Bucci Professional Nursing Scholarship, Dr. Marty D’Amore Scholarship, Amanda George Self Emergency Medicine Scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Joe R. Hudson Nursing Scholarship, Lonnie and Rachel Waggoner Nursing Education Scholarship, Team CaroMont Scholarship and the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship. These scholarships are made possible through contributions from generous donors and CaroMont Health employees.
"Through the CaroMont Health Foundation's scholarship program, we are thrilled to recognize and support this year’s remarkable group of healthcare professionals,” said Shelley Collins, Chair of the Scholarships Advisory Board for the CaroMont Health Foundation. “All of the recipients have demonstrated the deep commitment necessary to pursue their next level of education and advance careers in their chosen healthcare discipline. Now and in the future, their work has a profound impact on the well-being of those we serve. We are proud to support them as they continue to make significant impacts in the lives of their patients."
The CaroMont Health Foundation seeks to support CaroMont Health in providing compassionate, exceptional and highly reliable care through grants, scholarships and other programs. Financial support awarded to individuals helps create a more targeted approach to tackling the present and persisting healthcare issues facing the region.
The following scholarships were awarded this year:
Lee Bucci Professional Nursing Scholarship
The Bucci Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 in honor of Lee Bucci, retiring Director of Gaston Hospice. This scholarship is awarded to a student seeking an accredited degree in the field of nursing (LPN, RN or BSN), with special consideration given to the field of palliative care.
The Lee Bucci Professional Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Tamara Patterson.
Marty D’Amore Scholarship
The Marty D’Amore Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 following the death of Dr. D’Amore after a long battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The fund was created and supported by donations from physicians and the medical community. Awards from this scholarship are given to students accepted or enrolled in an accredited Radiology Sciences program.
Marty D’Amore Scholarships were awarded to Lindsay Arrowood and Keyannah Glover.
Amanda George Self Emergency Medicine Scholarship
The Amanda George Self Emergency Medicine Scholarship Fund was created in 2018 in memory of Amanda Self to recognize her fifteen years of service with CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Initial funds for this scholarship were provided by her colleagues and friends in celebration of her enthusiasm for education and support of her peers. Annual support is received from colleagues and friends and employee giving through the Team CaroMont campaign. Awards from this scholarship are given to students pursuing education in emergency medicine.
The Amanda George Self Emergency Medicine Scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Estevez.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe R. Hudson Nursing Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hudson established the Hudson Scholarship in 1974 to support students and help staff the new Gaston Memorial Hospital. Awards from this scholarship program are given based on organizational needs, scholastics and acceptance into nursing professions for area students. Recipients must sign a promissory note that they intend to become or remain an employee of CaroMont Health after completing their studies.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe R. Hudson Nursing Scholarships were awarded to: Maelyn Cranford, Tera Amanda Johnson, Jennifer Kramer, Kayla Reid, Rikki Love, Kenneth Rhea, Carshena McBeth, Logan Thomas and Stephanie Estevez.
Team CaroMont Scholarship
The Team CaroMont Scholarship was established in 2015 and funded by employee contributions to the Team CaroMont campaign. 100% of donations given to the Team CaroMont Scholarships Fund directly supports educational opportunities for CaroMont Health employees pursuing an education in health-related programs and select non-degree programs.
Team CaroMont Scholarships were awarded to: Cramaisa Wardlaw, Kai Corry, Johanna Gutierrez, Wynter Jones and Rebecca Helton.
The Lonnie and Rachel Waggoner Nursing Education Scholarship
The Lonnie and Rachel Waggoner Nursing Education Scholarship is a permanent endowment established in 2005. Awards from this scholarship are given to students seeking an accredited degree in the field of nursing (LPN, RN or BSN).
Lonnie and Rachel Waggoner Nursing Education Scholarships were awarded to: Kenneth Rhea, Carshena McBeth and Logan Thomas.
Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship
The Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship was established in 2009 by the Duke Kimbrell Family in honor of Wayne Shovelin’s many contributions to CaroMont Health, including his 23 years as President and CEO. This annual scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrates strong leadership and community involvement, and plans to major in a health-related field. The award includes up to $20,000 annually over four years of academic work and summer internship opportunities at CaroMont Health.
Liana Mattera is the 2023 recipient of the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship. She joins Evan Friday (2022), Sophi Jolley (2021) and David Efird (2020) as current recipients of this award.
The CaroMont Health Auxiliary Gertrude Clinton Health Career Scholarship Fund
The scholarship was established by the Gaston Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1971. Mrs. Gertrude Clinton served as Gaston County Social Services Director, Personnel Director for CaroMont Health, and was a founding member and President of the CaroMont Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Following Mrs. Clinton’s death, the scholarship fund was renamed in her memory.
The CaroMont Health Auxiliary Gertrude Clinton Health Career Scholarships were awarded to: Catrinia Herscher, Elizabeth Kiser, Kathryn McCurry, Tamara Patterson, Lindsay Arrowood, Keyannah Glover, Kai Corry, Johanna Gutierrez, Wynter Jones, Stephanie Estevez and Trent Hayes.
Learn more about the CaroMont Health Foundation here.