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Winans Awarded CVCC Foundation Scholarship

Christopher A. Winans, a Catawba Valley Community College student enrolled in the Emergency Medical Science program, was awarded the Stephanie Lynn Gabriel Memorial Scholarship established through the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

The son of Eileen Winans of Hickory, he is a 2009 graduate of Fred T. Foard High School. While there, he was a member of the S.O.A.P. Club, the American Red Cross Youth Council where he served as treasurer and was named the Volunteer of the Year 2004-05.

Winans is a member of the CVCC Epsilon Sigma Pi (EMS Club) and has been named to CVCC’s Honors and High Honors List. A native of Belfast, New York, he is a full-time student and works part-time.

The Stephanie Lynn Gabriel Memorial Scholarship was established as a memorial by her parents, Johnette and David Orr. A 1996 graduate of CVCC’s Emergency Medical Science program, Stephanie performed her duties as a paramedic in an outstanding manner until her untimely death in 2010.  Mr. and Mrs. Orr hope to provide individuals with financial assistance in their pursuit of the profession that Stephanie truly loved, and in which she took great pleasure and pride. They recently visited the campus to have lunch with scholarship recipients, EMS faculty and CVCC administrators.

Gabriel’s parents stated, “Steph’s decision to obtain an EMS degree was a turning point in her life. She had tried a couple different vocations, but nothing seemed to fit, and she was never satisfied until she discovered EMS.  She was a paramedic for 14 years with Catawba County.  She took great pride in wearing her uniform, and in using her empathy and abilities to help people needing medical assistance.  Stephanie considered all of the EMS staff and the medical services people she worked with to be part of her extended family.  They, along with her husband, Keith, and her dog, Casey, made her life complete.”

The intent of the scholarship is to cover the student’s educational cost of obtaining an EMS degree.  It will pay for tuition, insurance, fees, books and other items such as uniforms, physical exams and vaccinations as required for enrollment in the EMS program. The maximum award is $8,000 over a two-year period.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. For more information on establishing a scholarship or making a gift, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

Pictured above (from left) are CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw; EMS Director Tonja Pool; David Orr; Johnette Orr; Dean of the School of Health & Public Service Kim Clark; 2012 scholarship recipient Christopher Winans; 2011 scholarship recipients Nicole Carswell and Michael Hedrick.


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator