Education Scholarships

The Carolinas Center values pertinent education that is widely available to all members and offers education in a variety of formats. One valuable format is the conference, workshop, or seminar that allows for the added benefit of face-to-face networking.

We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships each year to members through a simple application process. And we are extremely grateful to those individuals who have made these scholarships possible.

Everything you need to know is outlined below, and the link for the application form can be found under “Application Guidelines”.

If you have questions, contact Education Coordinator, Tara Stewart by email at, or by phone at 803.924.4959.

John A. Lusk Scholarship Fund
Upon his death in 2010, Dr. Lusk and his wife Barbara, made a generous gift to The Carolinas Center to support its efforts to provide high quality education to professionals who provide care for patients who are facing their end of life journey. It is Dr. Lusk's wish that this fund be used to support education in a way that it can have the largest impact on care of the patient and his/her family.

Scholarships are available to all direct care staff, including, but not limited to, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, hospice aides, chaplains, volunteer managers, and volunteers. Due to a stipulation by the donor, scholarships are not available for physicians. Consideration will be given for need.

Several scholarships of up to $1000 each are awarded each year in December to be used during the upcoming calendar year. The Education Committee selects the winners, and they are notified via email by Tara Stewart.

Many lives were touched by Dr. John A. Lusk. He was best known as:

  • A long time board member of the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care
  • A hospice Medical Director for both Hospice and Palliative Care Greensboro and Hospice of the Piedmont in High Point
  • As a founding board member of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
  • As one of the first physicians in North Carolina to become certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • As a hematologist/oncologist
  • As a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina and a Clinical Instructor at the Duke School of Medicine
  • Application Guidelines

  • Scholarships are available for TCC hospice members for any educational opportunity offered by The Carolinas Center for up to $1,000/recipient. Award decisions are based on information contained in the scholarship application.
  • Each scholarship can be used to cover registration fees and travel expenses and will be granted upon receipt of expense report and receipts.
  • In order to apply for this scholarship, your employer must be a hospice member of The Carolinas Center.
  • Online applications must be completed by December 15th each year. All scholarships will be awarded by December 31st for use during the next calendar year.
  • Recipient Guidelines
    Scholarships are non-transferable and must be used by the winner. Scholarships must be used during the calendar year following the December they are awarded. Any unused portion of the scholarship will be rolled back into the scholarship fund.

    Funds will be awarded upon submission of the required expense form with the appropriate receipts from the meeting or event the winner attends. When registering for an event please submit the registration form to Tara Stewart at and write “Scholarship” in the payment section.

    2019 Scholarship Winners
  • Hannah Boyd, MSW, LCSWA, Hospice Social Worker, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell
  • Rev. Carolyn Burrus, MDiv., Hospice Home Chaplain, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell
  • Elizabeth Cutshall, LMSW, Spartanburg Regional Hospice
  • Gwendolyn “Victoria” Thompson, BSN, RN, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
  • Lisa Nesbitt, MSN, RN, Education Coordinator, Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County
  • Heather Thornburg, MSN, RN, Quality & Compliance, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
  • Eniris Riddick, MPA, Manager of Volunteer Services, Trellis Supportive Care
  • Beth Taylor, BSN, CRRN, RN, Corporate Compliance Officer/Director of Quality, Hospice of Randolph County, Inc.
  • Joshua McCullough, RN, Case Manager, UNC Home Hospice
  • Kimberly Setzer, MSW, LCSWA, Bereavement Coordinator, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Sarah McNulty, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell
  • 2018 Scholarship Winners
  • Stacy Baker, BSW, Social Worker/Counselor, Hospice Cleveland County
  • Jodi Belcher, RN, HC-BC, Nursing Team Lead, Hospice and Palliative Care Iredell County
  • Jennifer Everhart, RN, CHPN, Director of Clinical Services, Hospice of Davidson County
  • Amanda Hill, BSW, Social Worker/Counselor, Hospice Cleveland County
  • Deborah Hoopes, Volunteer Manager, Lutheran Hospice
  • Jessica Lesesne, RN, CHPN, Nurse Case Manager, Friends of Caroline Hospice
  • Jessica Mims, BSW, CHP-SW, Director of Family Services, Richmond County Hospice
  • Marnie Shotwell, RN, CHPN, Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell
  • Janet Stirewalt, BSN, RN, CHPN, RN Coordinator, Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Selene Teague, BSW, Outreach Provider Representative, Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Tanya Williams, BSW, Bereavement Coordinator, Scotland Regional Hospice, Laurinburg, NC
  • 2017 Scholarship Winners
  • Amy Baker, Quality and Compliance Coordinator, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
  • Vickie A. Casey, LCSW, Social Worker, Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell
  • Christine Dellinger, BA, Bereavement Team Leader, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter
  • Tonya Jordan, LPN, Executive Director, Hospice of Pamlico County
  • Rudolf Harald Petrini, MA, LPC, NCC, Bereavement Counselor, Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell
  • Carolyn Roberts, CHPNA, Hospice of Laurens County
  • Denny R. Stegall, RN, CHPN, Hospice Nurse, Hospice of Union County
  • Jessica Thrasher, Hospice Department Secretary, Roper St. Francis Hospice
  • Rhiannon Vaughan, RN, Hospice/Home Health Supervisor, Madison Home Care & Hospice
  • Ginger Wilson, RN, Director, Madison Home Care and Hospice
  • 2016 Scholarship Winners
  • Brandi Anthony, MSW, Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, Statesville, NC
  • Anne Batten, LCSW, Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Krista Haynes, Hospice of Cleveland County, Shelby, NC
  • Dawn Jenkins, RN, CCM, CHWC, FCN, Hospice of Davidson County, Lexington, NC
  • Nora Jenkins, RN, McLeod Hospice of Pee Dee, Florence SC
  • Ashley Thompson, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, Burlington, NC
  • Kara Thompson, RN, BSN, Hospice of Davidson County, Lexington, NC
  • Tina VonCannon, Hospice of Randolph County, Asheboro, NC
  • Rev. Lara Wheless, MDiv, Ark Hospice, Greenville, SC