Photo of Kitty Carte taken by Olan Mills

Kitty Carte of Cartersville continues legacy with GHC scholarship

Nursing students in the Atrium Health Floyd School of Health Sciences at Georgia Highlands College (GHC) will have an easier pathway through nursing school, thanks to the recently established Kitty Carte Legacy Nursing Scholarship.  

This endowed scholarship established by Kitty’s daughter, Jana Lindsey, is a generous fund of $450,000 that will provide selected nursing students from the Associate of Science in Nursing and RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs with $1,500 each semester. In addition, this scholarship awards a stipend of $500 to recipients as well as annually funding $2,000 to the Friends of Future Nurses Fund. 

“These much-needed financial resources will follow the student through the duration of their nursing studies at GHC,” Director of Foundation Services Liz Jones said. “Kitty’s generosity will have an extensive impact on reducing student financial stress so they can focus solely on their nursing studies.” 

Catherine Isabelle “Kitty” Carte, known as the “First Lady of Cartersville,” passed away in 2021, leaving behind a legacy of service. As a graduate of the Charleston General Hospital Nursing Program and after moving to Cartersville in 1965, she became well known for her volunteer work in the community. She applied her nursing background by volunteering at the Tonsmeire Community Clinic and Meals on Wheels and was an active member of Sam Jones Methodist Church. 

Active with the Red Cross for many years, Kitty served on the organization’s board of directors, participated in disaster relief, and ran a shelter in the fellowship hall of Sam Jones Church during the blizzard of 1993. In addition, she volunteered at Red Cross blood drives every month until the age of 88.   

Director of Nursing Dr. Paula Stover was also touched by her time spent with Kitty and by the impact the scholarship will have on students.  

“I knew Kitty briefly while attending Sam Jones and was impressed by her warmth and kindness,” Stover said. “She was a champion for nurses and was very proud to have Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville.” 

The scholarship begins awarding in the fall of 2024. Students enrolled at that time can then visit, sign in with their school account and learn more about the Kitty Carte Legacy Nursing Scholarship as well as many other institutional scholarship opportunities provided by the Georgia Highlands College Foundation.  

Apply now and start classes this spring with no application fee through January 11. Connect with an admissions counselor at or enroll today at