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Kelly Guffey Memorial Nursing Career Scholarship

Kelly Diane Guffey was a 1991 graduate of North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and graduated in 1995 with a degree in Biology. After extensive travel and work abroad, Kelly taught school for 3 years. During her tenure as a teacher she was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer, a rare disease with no cure.

Realizing her life long ambition of being a nurse, Kelly entered Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte in October 2003. While undergoing extensive operations and exhausting treatments, she never gave in to her illness. She never lost hope and lived her life purposefully and hopefully and successfully met her goal. Kelly graduated from nursing school and received her licensure as a registered nurse in July 2005. She worked as a pediatric nurse for Carolinas Medical Center and after 3 short months of employment, Kelly died on January 11, 2006 at the age of 32.

Kelly embraced her profession and worked diligently to be the very best care provider her patients could have. Her dedication was unmatched, her enthusiasm was undaunted and her potential for greatness had no limit. Only Kelly’s untimely death ended the many contributions she would have made to the nursing profession.

Remember Kelly, Inc. was established to provide an opportunity for her legacy to continue through the dedication of future nursing students. An annual $1000 scholarship will be available to assist a young male or female graduate of North Gaston High School interested in a career in nursing.

Scholarship Recipients

2007 Alexandria Gibbons
2008 Caitlin Black
2009 Abigail Propst
2010 Lauren Vincent
2011 Erica Reep
2012 Leah Dover
2013 Olivia Denton
2014 Madison Freeman
2015 Saidee McKinney
2016 Morgan Sanford

Scholarship Information

Discipline: Nursing

Award: $1000

Requirements: Submission of application, graduate of North Gaston High School, letter verifying admission to a nursing program, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, potential for academic excellence, personal statement and reference letter.

Deadline: March 1 of current year

Application: Click here for scholarship application or contact a North Gaston school counselor.

Inquiries: Carolyn Guffey