Bumgardner Establishes Chemistry Scholarship

By Nate DeGraff

Dr. Carl L. Bumgardner, professor emeritus of chemistry at NC State and a native of Belmont in Gaston County, NC, recently established a scholarship endowment to benefit students in the Department of Chemistry.

The Ann Bumgardner and Myrtle Bumgardner Scholarship will support juniors or seniors pursuing a chemistry degree, with first preference given to students from Gaston County. Recipients will be promising students who show a genuine interest in the chemistry discipline through participation in activities such as research, creative problem solving, tutoring and overcoming academic challenges. A celebration of this generous donation was held at the Lonnie Poole Clubhouse on March 10.

The scholarship honors Bumgardner’s wife of 58 years, Ann, and her legacy of five sons, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. It also honors his sister, Myrtle, who raised him from a young age and instilled in him an appreciation of education and a thirst for learning.