Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation Awards Scholarship to Jesse C. Carson High School Graduate

 CONCORD, N.C. (August 1, 2018) — The Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial and community support for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) NorthEast, is excited to announce Connor Kuehl as the recipient of the 2018 Ann Cannon Spirit of Volunteerism Scholarship Award.  Kuehl is a recent graduate at Jesse C. Carson High School in China Grove, N.C., and will be attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington this fall to pursue a career in nursing.

The Ann Cannon Spirit of Volunteerism Scholarship Award was established in 2004 and is endowed through the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation as a gift from Mr. William (Bill) Cannon in honor or his wife, Mrs. Ann Cannon.  Mr. Cannon endowed this award as recognition of his wife’s volunteer contributions as a member and past chair of the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation and her passion for Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast.  The award is used to recognize and support volunteer service among members of the Junior Volunteer Program.  The recipients will use this scholarship to assist them as they further their educational pursuits following high school graduation.

Kuehl, a National Honor Society Member, has accumulated over 1,600 volunteer hours in the community.  He served as a Junior Volunteer at CHS NorthEast from 2014 to 2017 and volunteered at the YMCA as a Leader in Training and Counselor.

“Volunteering as a Junior Volunteer at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast has impacted my life by giving me the opportunity to grow as a person,” stated Kuehl in his application.  “Volunteering my services to patients has helped to mold me into the person I am today and will continue to help guide me in my future.  As a person going into the medical field, it was the perfect program for me.  I was able to obtain better life skills in my experience at the hospital; compassion, communication, commitment, productiveness, friendliness and responsibility.  These life skills will definitely be a great benefit to my future nursing career.”

Kuehl accepted the scholarship from Ann and Bill Cannon at a luncheon at CHS NorthEast on July 30.  Also in attendance for the award presentation were Phyllis Wingate, CHS NorthEast President; Kate Grew, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at CHS NorthEast; Dakeita Vanderburg-Johnson, Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation Board Chair; Beth Deal, Volunteer Coordinator at CHS NorthEast; and Kuehl’s parents Alan and Lynn.

“It is truly an honor to gift this scholarship each year to a worthy young individual,” said Ann Cannon.  “Connor has exemplified the true meaning of volunteerism as a priceless commodity that cannot be bought; only earned.  I know he will continue to demonstrate this philosophy as he pursues his career in nursing and shares his spirit with those in need.”

For more information on the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation call 704-403-1369.

*Photo credit – Mark Owensby, CHS NorthEast

About Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation

Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation was created in 1994 to support one of our community’s most valued assets, Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast.  Community leaders were invited to establish a Foundation Board of Directors whose mission was to secure additional financial support solely for Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast.  Through an organized program of fund development with families, friends, businesses and neighbors, this mission continues today.  Gifts to Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation are considered gifts of love and support from the community, gifts that acknowledge the importance of preserving and enhancing the health status of our community.