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CaroMont Health Announces 2017 Shovelin Scholarship Recipient


Maren Rose East, senior at Forestview High School, received the surprise of a lifetime earlier this year. Greeted with smiles and high-fives, Ms. East was presented with a framed certificate signifying her designation as the 2017 Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship recipient. On March 14, CaroMont Health Foundation representatives, along with her principal, teachers and classmates, were there to congratulate Ms. East with the scholarship announcement that will provide up to $20,000 each academic year toward her undergraduate studies in a healthcare-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’s retirement. 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. These internships providethe opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals within their specific interest areas, as well as other departments, to gain exposure to the wide rangeof careers available in healthcare.

“We are very proud of Ms. East and all of the talented scholarship applicants,” said Janie Peak, CaroMont Health Foundation Board member and Chair of the Scholarship Committee. “Ms. East, as well as past Shovelin scholarship recipients, exemplified the specific qualities of leadership, community involvement and academic excellence that our committee looks for when selecting a recipient each year. "The CaroMont Health Foundation and Scholarship Committee look forward to following these young people and their continued success as they pursue their educational dreams and (hopefully) return to this community to serve in health-related careers."

Ms. East plans to attend the University of South Carolina to earn an undergraduate degree that will prepare her for graduate studies in medical school. Ranked second in her class of 270 at Forestview, East’s academic excellence is unparalleled graduating with an impressive 5.2 (weighted) GPA. In addition to excelling in her studies, she plays volleyball and swims for the school team. East is involved with the Jag Pals club that assists incoming freshmen and the Junior Civitans club and is also a member of Concert Choir.

Outside of her extracurricular activities, East is actively involved with her church, Holy Trinity Lutheran, where her father is the Lead pastor. For six years, she has served and worked with children through the Casa Bernabé Orphanage in Guatemala on annual week-long trips. East is also a part of a weekend retreat ministry called Teens Encounter Christ (TEC). Through these ministry opportunities, East says her Christian faith has been strengthened and has discovered a passion for serving others.

Music has also played a big part in East’s life. For fourteen years, she has dedicated her time and talent to playing the violin and has played in the Gaston Strings Orchestra since she was in middle school. Undoubtedly, East is musical; however, she hopes to continue playing for her enjoyment so she can focus her attention on her medical studies.

The CaroMont Health Foundation received applications through early December 2016 and the Scholarship Committee carefully assessed each application and met multiple times to review the credentials of each student. Semifinalists were selected in early 2017 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 3.75 (un-weighted)
  • Applicant’s interest in pursuing a degree in a healthcare-related profession
  • Applicant’s acceptance into an accredited college or university
  • Demonstration of strong community involvement through volunteering

The Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship is one of seven scholarship funds made possible by generous donors to the CaroMont Health Foundation. To learn more about the programs and services offered through the Foundation and how you can help, please call 704.834.4034.

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