OGLESBY — Abby Coutre, an Illinois Valley Community College nursing student inspired by her grandmother, is the 2019 winner of both the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation’s Dolores “Dee” Heflebower Memorial Nursing Scholarship and the Debbie Pyszka Memorial Nursing Scholarship.
The Heflebower award is supported by a fund established by Anne and the late Don Baker, of Peru, in memory of their daughter, the late Dolores “Dee” Heflebower.
“My grandmother, Joyce Donahue, dedicated her whole life to helping others while she worked as a registered nurse at IVCH for many years. I have always wanted to take after her and continue her legacy,” said Coutre.
The Peru resident will enter the second year of IVCC’s associate degree nursing program this fall. To be eligible for the Heflebower scholarship, a student needs to have completed the first year of a college nursing program and be a resident of LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam or Marshall counties.