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‘Forty & Eight’ awards nursing scholarships

Veteran organization ‘Forty & Eight’ celebrates 60 years of awarding scholarships to Iowa Valley nursing students

Forty and Eight Nursing Scholarship 2015

2015 Scholarship winners, shown L-R. Front: Tina Hernandez, Ana Garcia, Aleaha Taggart, Tammara Fonseca, Miranda Smith. Back: Dr. Robin Lilienthal (MCC Provost), Jerry Lehtola (Scholarship committee member), Christina Frimml, Cassie Heetland, Alicia Fonseca, Ray Goodman (Scholarship committee member), Linda Hanson (IVCCD Dean of Health Occ.), Dr. Chris Duree (IVCCD Chancellor).

Eight scholarships were awarded to students from both Marshalltown Community College and Ellsworth Community College at the 2015 Forty & Eight Voiture 568 Annual Nurse’s Educational Scholarship presentation last Wednesday at the Marshalltown American Legion.

Since the inception of this program, the Forty & Eight has granted millions of dollars for nursing scholarships nationwide. The local chapter, Voiture 568, includes Marshall, Tama, and Hardin County. Over the past 60 years, Voiture 568 has awarded 331 scholarships to Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD), totaling $124,300.

Linda Hanson, Dean of Health Occupations at IVCCD, thanked those in the scholarship committee for providing these nursing students with the resources to succeed.

“Many of our nursing students are non-traditional students,” says Hanson. “They have families, jobs, and a lot going on in their life, which takes a lot of time away from studies and comes at a great cost. The scholarships that you are awarding tonight mean a great deal to these folks and it allows them to pursue their degrees in nursing.”

Ana Garcia nursing sholarship

MCC Nursing student Ana Garcia receives her scholarship from committee member, Jerry Lehtola, last Wednesday at the American Legion in Marshalltown.

Scholarships have been made possible through fundraising efforts, which have ranged from quarterly bingo nights at the American Legion Marshalltown Post 46, special waffle breakfasts, individual donations, and memorials and gifts from families.

Dr. Chris Duree, IVCCD Chancellor, spoke about the importance of this event and what it means to the College and its nursing students. “It’s amazing to see this group’s dedication and commitment to these students, the College, and also to the nursing profession,” says Dr. Duree, who has attended this event now for the eighth year in a row.

“I go to a lot of events over the course of the year—there’s no other event that compares to this. You have to understand that this group has been recognizing our Iowa Valley nursing program for 60 years. We don’t see things like this anymore. There’s a reason that many of these gentlemen are a part of what’s considered the ‘greatest generation’. It’s things like their commitment to these scholarships that validate that claim.”

Eight nursing students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program were awarded scholarships this year. Each scholarship is $500. Members of the scholarship committee include Forty & Eight members: Charles Cranston, Ray Goodman, Fred Koch, Jerry Lehtola, and Wilbur Leuthje.

2015 Forty & Eight Voiture 568 Nurse’s Educational Scholarship recipients:

  • Cassie Heetland of Ackley, IA (ECC)
  • Tammara Fonseca of Iowa Falls, IA (ECC)
  • Alicia Fonseca of Chelsea, IA (MCC)
  • Christina Frimml of Marshalltown, IA (MCC)
  • Ana Garcia of Marshalltown, IA (MCC)
  • Tina Hernandez of Marshalltown, IA (MCC)
  • Aleaha Taggart of Marshalltown, IA (MCC)
  • Miranda Smith of Albion, IA (MCC)

The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims. Their purpose is to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, to promote the well being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training. More information can be found on their website at

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