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Belmont Abbey College, Gaston County Police Department & Gaston County Schools Announce the James Buie Scholarship Recipients 2018

Gaston County Police Department, Belmont Abbey College, and Gaston County Schools are pleased to announce the recipients of the James Buie Scholarship Program for 2018 which provides a full scholarship for selected students in pursuit of a Criminal Justice degree at Belmont Abbey College. Upon completion of their degree and qualifications of the Gaston County Police Department, the agency will offer these students full-time employment with the department for a period of not less than five years.

The Gaston County Police Department established the initial fund at the College from drug asset forfeitures. The goal of the scholarship is to increase diversity in the department with minority and female applicants receiving priority. The Police Department, Gaston County Schools and Belmont Abbey selected a current rising junior and one incoming freshman for this prestigious scholarship.

The scholarship is named for Belmont Abbey College alum, James Buie ’86 who was formerly a Chief of the Gaston County Police Department and was the county’s first African-American chief. Buie preceded current Chief Joe Ramey and served the Gaston County Police Department for 29 years. 


What:  Announcing Recipients of Buie Scholarship a partnership with Belmont Abbey College, Gaston County Police, and Gaston County Schools

When:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

Where:   Gaston County Police Department, Pendleton Community Room, 420 West Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28053

Speaker Schedule:

  1. Joseph Ramey, Gaston County Police Chief
    Topic: Welcome and introduction of New Scholarship Program
  2. Dr. William K. Thierfelder, President Belmont Abbey College
    Topic: Comments on Partnership and Impact
  3. Mr. Jeff Booker, Superintendent Gaston County Schools
    Topic: Opportunity for Students
  4. Joseph Ramey, Gaston County Police Chief
    Topic: Facilitate the question and answer period with the media or conclude.

About Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded by Benedictine monks in 1876. Our mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences so that in all things God may be glorified. Guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the Benedictine spirit of prayer and learning, we welcome a diverse body of students and provide them with an education that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others. Our beautiful and historic campus is conveniently located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., and is currently home to more than 1500 students.  For more information, visit or

About Gaston County Police Department

The Gaston County Police Department was created by Legislative Act on July 1, 1957 and began operation with a chief, a secretary and 23 sworn officers.  At that time the Department was primarily responsible for providing police service to the unincorporated areas of the county. Since that time, however, additional duties and responsibilities have been given to the Gaston County Police. Today, the Department employs 138 sworn officers who provide police services to a community of approximately 90,000 residents and spanning an area of over 270 square miles that along with the unincorporated areas of Gaston County also includes providing police services to the incorporated towns of High Shoals and Spencer Mountain. In addition, the Department employs 94 civilians who provide 911 Communications and Animal Control throughout Gaston County. Since its inception in 1957, the Department has continually grown stronger and more proficient.

About Gaston County Schools

Gaston County Schools is fully accredited by AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a quality school system. Each school is also fully accredited. It is the ninth largest school district in North Carolina with more than 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school). Gaston County Schools provides a comprehensive educational program with outstanding opportunities for students in academics, athletics, fine arts, career and technical education, and extracurricular activities. In addition the school system is the second largest employer in Gaston County with more than 3,700 full-time and part-time employees, including 1,950 classroom teachers.