The CaroMont Health Foundation and the CaroMont Regional Medical Center
Auxiliary are pleased to offer scholarships to Gaston County residents
looking to enter or pursue further education in the healthcare field.
Thank you for your interest in Foundation and Auxiliary Scholarships. The
application period for all scholarships has closed for the 2018-2019 academic
year. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be announced in
Here is some additional information on the available Scholarships:
Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship Fund
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. This scholarship fund
operates on a separate timeline with applications made available to Gaston
County school counselors in mid-November.
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.
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.