Stanly Health Foundation awards $19K in scholarships

Students had two opportunities to apply for scholarships in 2024 from the Stanly Health Foundation to support their studies in healthcare.

The Stanly Health Foundation awards the Roy and Lou Hinson Scholarship and the Crook Family Scholarships annually.

The Hinson Scholarship celebrates the late Roy Hinson’s 41 years of service to the local hospital, and his wife, Lou, who is retired from public education and provided many years of volunteer support to the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center.

The C.B. Crook Family Scholarship honors the years of philanthropic work by the late C.B. Crook and his wife, Betty.

To be considered for either scholarship, a student must be an Atrium Health Stanly teammate, the dependent of a teammate or a resident of Stanly or Montgomery counties and have completed at least half of their degree requirements by the end of the summer 2024 semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.  The student must be accepted into a healthcare program of study.

The Stanly Health Foundation Roy and Lou Hinson Scholarship and a Crook Family Scholarship were awarded to Shani Pemberton of Albemarle, who is working toward her Doctor of Nursing degree at UNC Wilmington concentrating in Psychiatric Mental Health. She works at Atrium as a clinical case manager and plans to continue working at Atrium Health Stanly providing mental health and substance abuse care.

The Stanly Health Foundation C.B. Crook Family Scholarships were awarded to Madison Smith, Eli Toole, Karsyn Underwood, Marylee Haywood, Whitley Maclayne Page, Wanda Foy, Jessica Hayes, Tyler Billingsley, Will Bryan, Isabella McGee, Carlee Dixon and Cindy Marie Freeman-Kern.

Madison Smith is graduating in December from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Nursing degree. She plans to pursue a career working in a NICU or as a labor and delivery nurse eventually continuing her education to become a nurse midwife or nurse practitioner.

Will Bryan attends UNC Wilmington and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. He is working at Atrium Health Stanly this summer as an anesthesia technician intern. He plans to continue his education and earn a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.

Eli Toole attends Wingate University working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Pre-Professional Track. He plans to become a physical therapist and would like to work in an outpatient general rehabilitation or pediatric setting.

Karsyn Underwood is pursuing an Associate of Science Nursing degree at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Her passion is pediatrics, and she would like to continue her studies and become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Marylee Haywood attends Stanly Community College pursuing an Associate degree in Applied Science: Respiratory Therapy. She enjoys volunteering with summer asthma camps, educating children about managing their condition.

Whitley Maclayne Page is working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Public Health from Wingate University. She plans to become an ambulatory care pharmacist and has a passion for making a difference with the opioid problem in Stanly County.

Wanda Foy attends Stanly Community College and is pursuing an Associate degree in Nursing. She has worked at Atrium Stanly for 13 years. She plans to continue her education and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Jessica Hayes is pursuing an Associate degree in Nursing from Stanly Community College. She has a special interest in end-of-life care and would like to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Tyler Billingsley studies at the University of Lynchburg pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy. After graduation, he would like to work with spinal cord injury patients.
Isabella McGee is pursuing a BA in Exercise and Sports Science and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill. She plans to work as a physical therapist, eventually becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Carlee Dixon is working on an Associate’s Degree of Nursing at Stanly Community College. She plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and then become a nurse practitioner working in Stanly County.

Cindy Marie Freeman-Kern is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. She works at Atrium Health Stanly in the lab and as a CNA on the med/surgery floor. She would like to become a nurse supervisor and continue to work at Atrium Health Stanly.