Marty Bumgarner grew up in Garner, N.C. Her mother was a librarian, and after Marty’s father died when she was a UNC freshman, her mom persisted so that Marty could finish her degree. Bill wonders what might have happened if Marty hadn’t finished, and thinks about all the people she touched during her nursing career. Marty and Bill met and fell in love at UNC Chapel Hill, where he played football. They married and moved to High Point to raise their family.
Marty pursued her career as a registered nurse, first working for a physicians’ group and then as a nurse at High Point Regional Hospital for 15 years. Vice President and Director of Nursing Martha Barham, RN, MSN, CNAA, remembers Marty as a special nurse. “It’s not enough to nurse with your heart. You have to nurse with your head, and Marty effectively combined the two,” she said.
The Martha “Marty” Bumgarner Endowed Merit Scholarship will be used at the Dean’s discretion to assist nursing students who are pursing the baccalaureate degree by providing tuititon, fees and other expenses associated with the pursuit of this degree program. Because of Marty Bumgarner’s primary association with and impact on the High Point-Triad Region of North Carolina, priority consideration will be given to students who come from this area of the state, or from Wake County in recognition of where Marty was raised and spent her childhood. The fund shall support merit-based scholarships in perpetuity for those attending UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing in pursuit of the BSN degree.
More about Marty: Clips from The Morning Get Together with Max Meeks, 28 October 2004