Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship
The CaroMont Health Foundation is pleased to announce the application cycle for the
2021 Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship.
A link to the online application may be requested from Gaston County school
counselors. It is also available on the
Gaston County Public Schools Scholarship portals.
The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 13.
The Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship is Gaston County’s equivalent to
the Morehead Cain and Park Scholarships, with a focus on nurturing excellence
in the healthcare profession. Today, the Shovelin Scholarship recognizes
high academic rigor, school and community involvement, and the volunteerism
of a high school senior who is a resident of Gaston County or the child
of a CaroMont Health employee, and who is pursuing college studies in
preparation for a profession in healthcare.
Before retiring in 2009, Wayne F. Shovelin served as CEO at CaroMont Health
(previously named Gaston Healthcare, Inc.) for 23 years. Through his leadership,
Mr. Shovelin created a vigorous policy of sustained capital investments
in technological and facility enhancements, as well as a creative and
ethical working environment to attract the best talents in the medical
and allied health professions to serve the people of this region.
In 2009, Duke and Dot Kimbrell made a generous donation to
CaroMont Health Foundation in honor of Wayne F. Shovelin. Their gift was used to create the Wayne
F. Shovelin Scholarship Fund, a competitive funding program for exceptional
high school seniors pursuing careers in healthcare. We are grateful for
their investment and collaboration to focus on attracting and educating
outstanding medical professionals through the creation of this prestigious
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
The CaroMont Health Foundation and the CaroMont Regional Medical Center
Auxiliary are pleased to offer scholarships to Gaston County residents
who are interested in entering or pursuing a career in healthcare. The
Foundation and Auxiliary Scholarship application cycle is announced each
year in January, with a deadline of
Please direct questions about these scholarships to the Foundation Office
at 704.834.4046 or
The following information outlines eligibility for available Scholarships:
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 CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
Awards from this scholarship loan program are given based on organizational
needs, scholastics and acceptance into nursing professions for area students.
Recipients have to sign a promissory note that they intend to become or
remain an employee of CaroMont Health after completing their studies.
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).
H. Spurgeon Mackie, Jr. Scholarship
The Mackie Scholarship was established in 2006, in honor of H. Spurgeon
Mackie, Jr. upon his retirement from Wachovia Bank. His colleagues donated
funds which were matched by the CaroMont Health Foundation. Awards from
this scholarship program are given to students majoring in nursing and/or
allied health professions.
Lee Bucci Professional Nursing Scholarship
The Bucci Scholarship Fund was established in 2012, in honor of Lee Bucci,
retiring Director of Gaston Hospice. Awards from this scholarship are
given to students seeking an accredited degree in the field of nursing
(LPN, RN, or BSN). Special consideration is given to a student who has
an interest in working in the field of palliative care.
Marty D'Amore Scholarship
The Dr. 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 Services program.
Amanda George Self Emergency Medicine Scholarship
The Amanda George Self Emergency Medicine Scholarship Fund was created
in 2018 in memory of Amanda Self and in honor of her fifteen years with
CaroMont Health’s Emergency Department. Initial funds for this scholarship
were given by her colleagues and friends in celebration of her enthusiasm
for education and support for 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.
Gertrude Clinton Health Career Scholarship
In 1971, a revolving loan fund of $2,000.00 was established by the CaroMont
Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Following Mrs. Gertrude Clinton’s
death, the fund was changed to a scholarship in her memory. Mrs. Clinton,
the widow of Dr. Roland Clinton, served as Gaston County Social Services
Director, CaroMont Regional Personnel Director, Auxiliary President and
was a founding member of the Auxiliary.