Our Donors

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Alan G. Cloninger

This fund was established in memory of Mr. Fred Lee Hoffman, by his nephews Alan G. Cloninger and Thomas R. Cloninger, and his niece Paula C. Houser. Mr. Hoffman was an avid third-generation farmer who loved sharing the bounty of his harvest with many. Fred was a...

Alison Nichols

Alison Nichols

Alison Nichols, a 1992 graduate of GC’s mechanical drafting program, established the Andy Hawkins Memorial Award in memory of Andy Hawkins, who was her instructor.

Altrusa club of gastonia

Altrusa club of gastonia

This scholarship was established by the Altrusa Club of Gastonia in memory of Pauline Scruggs, its first president. This scholarship is open to a student in any course of study who has resided or worked in Gaston County for at least one year

Anna Belle M. Kelly, Nora M. Hale and Vann Matthews

Anna Belle M. Kelly, Nora M. Hale and Vann Matthews

Anna Belle M. Kelly, Nora M. Hale and Vann Matthews, nephews and nieces of Elizabeth Matthews Welton established this award in her memory.

Becky B. Maxon, Patsy B. Meldrum,  and John Brison, III

Becky B. Maxon, Patsy B. Meldrum, and John Brison, III

The scholarship was established by Becky B. Maxon, Patsy B. Meldrum, and John Brison, III, in honor of their parents, Joyce and John Brison

Carl J. Stewart, Jr. in honor of his daughters

Carl J. Stewart, Jr. in honor of his daughters

Carl J. Stewart, Jr. initiated the Stewart Family Scholarship in honor of his daughters, Lisa Stewart and Julie Stewart Bradley, both of whom graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Gaston College.

C. Grier and Lena Sue Beam Family

C. Grier and Lena Sue Beam Family

The fund was established under the will of C. Greir Beam, founder and owner of Carolina Freight Corp. in Cherryville. Mr. Beam served as a long-time member of the Gaston College Board of Trustees. His wife , Lena Sue Beam, was a charter member of the Gaston College...

Creola Houser

Creola Houser

This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Fred, K Houser and Creola Houser who owned the Cherryville Eagle for many years.

Donald Walser

Donald Walser

Don Walser, former chair of the Gaston College Board of trustees, established this scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Maloney in Memory of their son Paul Maloney

Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Maloney in Memory of their son Paul Maloney

This endowed scholarship fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Maloney in memory of their son who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and died in 1984. While Paul did not have the opportunity to achieve his dreams, the Maloneys hope that a Gaston College student...

Dr. Harry Cooke

Dr. Harry Cooke

Dr. Harry Cooke, Director of Gaston College Libraries. established this award to honor his wife, Marischa, in appreciation for her life-long interest and involvement in the welfare of animals

Dr. Hugh E. Tyner

Dr. Hugh E. Tyner

Dr. Tyner, a retired surgeon in Gaston County, established this fund to provide a scholarship each year to a student in the Associate Degree Nursing Program

Duane Crane Family, Friends and Co-workers

Duane Crane Family, Friends and Co-workers

This scholarship honors the memory of Duane Crane who was chair of the science department at Gaston College when he died in 2003. His family, friends and co-workers established the award which goes to a science student and is based on academic achievement

Duke Energy Staffing Unit

Duke Energy Staffing Unit

This scholarship fund is initiated by Duke Energy’s Staffing Unit and is open to Gaston College students who have successfully completed at least 12 hours of study in either Electronics Engineering Technology (preferred) or Mechanical Engineering Technology

Elizabeth Little in memory of her parents Rebecca and Cramer Little

Elizabeth Little in memory of her parents Rebecca and Cramer Little

Elizabeth Little established the Rebecca and Cramer Little Scholarship to honor the memory of her parents, Rebecca Little who taught school in Gaston County and took teacher renewal courses at Gaston College. It was also to honor Cramer Little, who was a supervisor...

Family and friends of Britt DeAnna Cordero

Family and friends of Britt DeAnna Cordero

Family and friends of Britt DeAnna Cordero established the Britt Cordero Scholarship Fund in April of 2005 following her tragic death in a motorcycle accident on March 19, 2004. Britt, described as fun-loving and full of life, graduated from East Gaston High School...

First Gaston Foundation Inc.

First Gaston Foundation Inc.

Formerly known as Myers-Ti-Caro Foundation, Inc. and incorporated in 1950, in NC. The company provides grants for higher and secondary education, including scholarships to high school seniors in Gaston County, North Carolina; support also for social services and...

Friends and family of the late Polie Q. Cloninger, Jr.

Friends and family of the late Polie Q. Cloninger, Jr.

Friends and family of the late Polie Q. Cloninger, Jr. established this endowed scholarship in 2005 to honor his memory by continuing to help others in his name. According to Mr. Cloninger’s friends, “He was a giver. He gave of himself, he gave of his time, and he...

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Gary Daniel Stewart Scholarship

The Gary Daniel Stewart Annual Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Stewart tragically passing away in an automobile accident on in 2015. He was a beloved son, grandson, brother and friend. From the time he was born Gary was a free spirit who was not afraid...

Gaston College Foundation Board of Directors

Gaston College Foundation Board of Directors

The Gaston College Foundation Board of Directors established the award in recognition of Mr. Efird’s long-time service to the college. A Foundation director since 1987, Mr. Efird served as president for seven years and initiated the “Friends of Gaston College Annual...

Gaston College Foundation Inc.

Gaston College Foundation Inc.

The Gaston College Foundation, Inc. is a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation chartered in 1968. It encourages and secures both restricted and unrestricted financial support to further the work of Gaston College, and is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors comprised...

Gaston County Home Health Agency, Inc.

Gaston County Home Health Agency, Inc.

Gaston County Home Agency, Inc. a nonprofit agency and the first private home health agency in Gaston County, was chartered and started in 1979 by a nurse, Eileen Klimkowski, with a community-based board of directors to provide home health care services consisting of...

Gaston County Medical Society Alliance

Gaston County Medical Society Alliance

Gaston County Organization for Community Concerns in memory of T. Jeffers

Gaston County Organization for Community Concerns in memory of T. Jeffers

The Gaston County Organization for Community Concerns established the T. Jeffers Endowed Scholarship in memory of T. Jeffers, an educator in Gaston County and mayor of Gastonia.

Gastonia East Rotary Club

Gastonia East Rotary Club

Gastonia East Rotary Club received its charter on Sept. 12, 1970. We were sponsored by the Gastonia Club. One of our founders was a member of the Gastonia Club, the late Bynum Carter, whose daughter was later a member of our club. Among the charter members were David...

Gilda R. Beam

Gilda R. Beam

The scholarship was established by Mrs. Gilda Beam in memory of her husband, Hershal Hoyle Beam, a noted Gaston County educator

Harry M. Bryant and wife Ruby B. Bryant

Harry M. Bryant and wife Ruby B. Bryant

Harry M. Bryant and his wife, Ruby B. Bryant, made commitments in Mr. Charles King Bryant Sr.’s memory to fund a scholarship at Gaston College for students pursuing a degree most aligned with the electrical industry. Harry Bryant grew up in his father’s business and...

Howard Max Crowder

Howard Max Crowder

Howard Max Crowder established the Mickey Joel Helms Scholarship in 1965 under his will

ITEMA America, Glen Raven CUstom Fabrics, and Southern Textile Association

ITEMA America, Glen Raven CUstom Fabrics, and Southern Textile Association

Mr. Brown began his textile career in 1967 at Cannon Mills as a weaver while attending high school in Kannapolis, NC. He graduated from Wingate University in 1972, served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1973-1977 and graduated from the Textile Technology Center in...

James D. and Kathy F. Holland

James D. and Kathy F. Holland

Mr. James David Holland, a graduate of Cherryville High School, Gaston College and UNC-Chapel Hill, established this scholarship fund in honor of his wife Kathy Ann Friday Holland. After graduating from Gaston College, Mr. Holland transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill. He...