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Linnea Susanne Jurs, 2016 Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship Recipient


CaroMont Health and the CaroMont Health Foundation are pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship. Linnea Susanne Jurs, senior at Forestview High School, will receive up to $20,000 each academic year to pursue undergraduate studies in a health care-related field.

This highly-competitive scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the Duke Kimbrell family in honor of long-time CaroMont Health CEO, Wayne Shovelin. In addition to the up to $20,000 each year in support for tuition and fees, the scholarship provides recipients with three paid summer internships at CaroMont Health to gain experience in the healthcare environment.

“We are very proud of the caliber of applicants, many of whom demonstrate outstanding academic excellence and possess the exceptional leadership qualities we look for when choosing a winner,” said Janie Peak, CaroMont Health Foundation Board member and Chair of the Scholarship Committee. “We are excited to recognize Linnea as the 2016 Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship recipient and look forward to following her as she continues her successful journey.”

Linnea is ranked first in her class at Forestview and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall to pursue a career pediatrics or public health.

Among Jurs’s outstanding accomplishments in high school, she received the Gaston Civitan Club’s Outstanding Young Citizen, served as Junior Marshal, Co-Chief at the 2015 Forestview High School graduation, is a Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner and is recognized as an AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction.

At Forestview, Jurs was captain and MVP of the girls' tennis team, co-captain of the mock trial team, Public Relations Coordinator for Junior Civitan Club and Co-Coordinator for the Let's Play Soccer Program. Jurs also has represented Forestview at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program, Junior Leadership Gaston, Teen Westward Bound, and was selected for the Gaston County Commissioners School of Excellence last year.

In her spare time, Jurs is involved with Girl Scouts and recently received the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting that challenges young people to impact the world through community service projects. For her Gold Award project, Jurs established a Fair Trade store at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia. The goal of this project has been to help laborers and farmers in third-world countries receive fair wages and safe working conditions. The store sells coffee from Uganda, as well as tea and chocolate from other countries.

"It is no accident that when we go on mission trips, we send Linnea to soup kitchens in some of the poorest cities in America,” said Rebecca Greene, Director of Spiritual Formation at First United Methodist Church. “Her smiling face greets each person, offering them dignity and respect. Linea is dedicated to a vision beyond herself."

The CaroMont Health Foundation received applications through early December 2015 and the Scholarship Committee carefully assessed each application and met multiple times to review the credentials of each student. Semifinalists were selected in early 2016 with each student undergoing a rigorous interview process with the Scholarship Committee.

Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship requirements include:

  • Residency in Gaston County or the child of a CaroMont Health employee
  • Status as a senior in high school
  • Scholastic achievement with a minimum GPA of at least 3.5 (un-weighted)
  • Applicant’s interest in pursuing a degree in a health care profession
  • Applicant’s acceptance into an accredited college or university
  • Demonstration of strong community involvement through volunteering

The selection process for the next recipient of the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship will begin fall 2016. For more information, please contact Debbie Windley, Director of Development, at 704.834.4042.

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