Martha “Marty” Bumgarner Merit Scholarship

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Marty Bumgarner

Everyone who knew Marty Bumgarner recognized that she was a special person. A 1985 graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Marty was a RN who loved her profession and lived a life devoted to helping and caring for others. “She was one of those rare people so filled with grace and kindness,” said her husband, Bill Bumgarner, “that she truly cared more about others than herself.” The testimonials, interviews and newspaper stories you will read on this website affirm Marty’s life.

Marty Bumgarner died at age 42 on Aug. 28, 2004, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Marty was not a smoker.

“There was no better way to honor Marty than to provide for a small army of people who would follow in her footsteps to take care of others,” Bill added. “She was selfless and loved helping others.”

Bill and his two daughters, Virginia and Katie, decided to create a living memorial to Marty by established a scholarship fund the day after she died. Many people honored and remembered Marty Bumgarner by contributing to a memorial scholarship fund in her name through the High Point Community Foundation. In the course of four years, about $200,000 was raised from countless people who participated in annual golf tourneys and special events. The fund resided in the High Point Community Foundation until November 2008, when the proceeds were divided evenly between the UNC School of Nursing, Marty’s alma mater, and Guilford Community College, serving the area where the Bumgarners made their home, to establish endowed scholarship funds for students attending the two institutions.

“Our mom went to school at UNC,” said Katie Bumgarner, “and my sister and I thought it was important to have a scholarship fund there that honored her education.”