Scholarships

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”, as well as by clicking here.

If you have questions, contact Education Coordinator Yesha Bell by email at ybell@cchospice.org, or by phone at 919.459.5382.

Mary Doherty Scholarship for Excellence in Education
Mary Doherty was a valued member of The Carolinas Center's staff for more than a decade, and was integral to the organization's success. As Director of Education, Mary worked tirelessly to plan and execute TCC's highly respected educational programs.

The Mary Doherty Scholarship for Excellence in Education is provided to an individual who works with hospice in a non-nursing capacity. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a passion for education, both for self and for others.

The Scholarship recipient will be granted up to $1000.00 for registration fees, hotel accommodations and travel expenses for TCC's Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Conference. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague. The scholarship is awarded each year at the Annual Conference, to be used at the following year's Annual Conference.

JOIN us on the first day of this year's 40th Annual Conference, August 29, 2016, to salute this year's winner!

Application and full details are available below, and the deadline for submission is July 8!

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 for The Carolinas Center's Annual Conference, 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 for Hospice and End of Life Care.
  • Application forms for the 2016 Mary Doherty Scholarship for Excellence in Education are available online through July 8, 2016, and the scholarship is awarded at TCC's Annual Conference for use at the following year's Annual Conference.

    Click here to complete the online application for this scholarship.

    Recipient Guidelines
    Scholarships are non-transferable and must be used by the winner. Scholarships must be used for The Carolinas Center's Annual Conference the year following the year in which it is 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 Yesha Bell at ybell@cchospice.org

    2014 Scholarship Winner
    Robin Gundana, LMSW

    Open Arms Hospice, Simpsonville, SC

    2015 Scholarship Winner
    Lori McDermott, Billing Coordinator

    Hospice & Community Care. Rock Hill, SC

    2016 Scholarship Winner
    Deborah Hoopes, Volunteer Manager

    Lutheran Hospice of the Upstate, Greenville, SC


    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 Yesha Bell-Canady.

    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 9, 2016. All scholarships will be awarded by December 31, 2016, for use during the 2017 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 Yesha Bell-Canady at ybellcanady@cchospice.org and write “Scholarship” in the payment section.

    2015 Scholarship Winners
  • Kristine Gaisford, Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, Salisbury, NC
  • Donna Hampton, MS, LPCS, NCC, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Jenny Mabe, Richmond County Hospice, Rockingham, NC
  • Melissa Memoli, RN, BSN, CHPN,Southeastern Hospice, Lumberton, NC
  • Lynn Starnes, RN, Hospice of Laurens County, Clinton, SC
  • 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
  • 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