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Nursing Students Presented with Academic Scholarships

Several students enrolled in FCC's Nursing Program (through OCC) were awarded financial scholarships in November 2017.  Scholarships presented include the Clemence Elizabeth Cox Scholarship, the Vicky Lemons Memorial Scholarship, and the Debra Jean Withrow Scholarship.

Clemence Elizabeth Cox Scholarship

Pictured, from left to right:  Student Amy Postin, Presenter Jerry Cox (son of Clemence Elizabeth Cox), and Student Emily Stortzum.

Frontier Community College (FCC) recently awarded the Clemence Elizabeth Cox Scholarship to two nursing students.  The semi-annual scholarship awards $500 to two second-level nursing students of FCC.  The semi-annual Clemence Elizabeth Cox Scholarship has been awarded to Amy Postin of Flora and Emily Stortzum of Louisville.  Both Postin and Stortzum will complete the Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2018. 

Clemence Elizabeth Cox was well known in the Fairfield community.  She and her husband James (Jim) Cox operated the Western Auto store in Fairfield for many years and were the builders and first operators of the Uptown Motel.  At one time she also ran a retail baby shop. 

Mrs. Cox was a member of the Fairfield First Christian Church and involved with numerous clubs including Younger Women’s Club, Fairfield Women’s Club, Fairfield Beautification Committee, Fairfield Garden Club, and the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a 1933 graduate of Fairfield Community High School.

This memorial scholarship has been established by Jerry Cox of Mill Shoals, the son of John and Clemence Cox.  Jerry is a retired salesman for Airtex Products, a Southern Illinois University graduate, and a Vietnam veteran.

Grateful for the care that both his parents received in the hospital and nursing home, and knowing the care nurses give to the VA patients, Jerry thought it only fitting to award the scholarship to nursing students.

Vicky Lemons Memorial Scholarship

Pictured, from left to right:  Jan Wiles, Assistant Dean of Student Services; students Amber Atteberry, Macy Locke, and Desirae Harrison; and Wanda Douglas, FCC Nursing Instructor.

FCC awarded the Vicky Lemons Memorial Scholarship for the 2017 fall semester.  The $500 scholarships are awarded semi-annually to nursing students of FCC.  The three scholarship recipients include Amber Atteberry of Mt. Erie, Macy Locke of Fairfield, and Desirae Harrison of Cisne.

Vicky Lemons was well known and loved in the Fairfield community and at FCC.  Serving as a member of FCC’s nursing faculty from 2006 until her passing in March 2015, Vicky played an important part not only in the education of her students, but also in their everyday lives.  A lifetime learner, Vicky was working on her Nursing Master’s Degree at the time of her passing, and she was awarded that degree posthumously in May 2015.

The Vicky Lemons Memorial Scholarship was by Vicky’s family and friends in an effort to give back to the students she loved helping so much.  Even in passing, Vicky continues to help students achieve their nursing goals through this scholarship reward.

Debra Jean Withrow Scholarship

Pictured, from left to right: Assistant Dean of Student Services Jan Wiles, student Elizabeth Fortier, and Nursing Instructor Wanda Douglas.

FCC awarded Elizabeth Fortier of Crossville with the Debra Jean Withrow Scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded to local students enrolled in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Nursing Program at FCC.  Fortier received $500 and will complete the Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2018.

The scholarship was established in January 2007 in memory of Debra Jean Withrow, a surgical nurse who worked at Fairfield Memorial Hospital at the time of her death in 2005.  She was involved in teaching students and served as the President of the local chapter of AORN, The Association of perioperative Registered Nurses.    

At the end of 2012, the scholarship fund raised by the Scholarship Trustees and members of the Surgical Services Department of Fairfield Memorial Hospital was transferred to the FCC Foundation to be issued annually as the Debra Jean Withrow Scholarship.

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