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FHN presents two-year Highland scholarship to baby born on HCC's anniversary

FREEPORT�Highland Community College has many long-standing partnerships within northwest Illinois, allowing Highland to continually look towards the future. It is in this spirit that FHN donated a $15,000 Highland scholarship to the first baby born on or after the momentous date of September 6, 2012, 50 years to the day that classes were first held at then-named Freeport Community College.

Future HCC student Traceshiona Parsons was born at 5:21 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, at FHN Memorial Hospital. The proud parents, looking refreshed after giving birth to a �college student,� are Tabatha Parsons and Earnest Denson of Freeport.

�I am so happy to have this opportunity for Traceshiona,� said Ms. Parsons. �It will definitely help her have a better life. I will tell her to aim high and use this education to help her reach an ambitious career goal, maybe in business or politics.�

The family is honored to be chosen for this one-of-a-kind scholarship, especially given that it was a complete surprise. And while college students are usually made not born, in this case, the unlimited possibilities a solid educational foundation can provide for Traceshiona are obvious.

�Based on conservative estimates, the scholarship amount will likely double by 2030 when Traceshiona attends classes,� said Jim Berberet, executive director for the Highland Community College Foundation. �Taking that into consideration, Traceshiona should have the majority of necessary financial support to use towards tuition, fees and other learning materials.�

FHN President and CEO Mike Perry, MD presented a basket of baby goodies and the news of the scholarship to Ms. Parsons with congratulations from the entire staff of FHN. �We are delighted to be able to celebrate our longstanding partnership with Highland Community College by providing for Traceshiona�s education. Our commitment to the community began long before Highland was established, and we�re proud to say that we plan to continue to be here and ready to care for Traceshiona and her family many years from now.� funny cartoons pictures

FHN is a sponsor of the HCC Leadership Institute and a partner in equipping Highland Community College�s Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing. Dozens of Leadership Institute graduates are staff members at FHN and they and many other staff members play key roles in enriching and improving the health of their communities. funny pictures

Highland President Joe M. Kanosky, Ph.D., was present to congratulate the family and present a Highland pennant and basket of HCC gear to prepare the future Cougar. funny images

�We are very excited to meet our student-to-be and we thank the family and FHN for helping us celebrate our 50th Anniversary,� said Kanosky. �The partnership between FHN and Highland has been enduring. This is a symbol of how we see it moving into the future.�

While HCC is committed to providing a quality affordable education into the next 50 years, overall college costs continue to rise. Tabatha and Earnest will breathe a little easier when it comes to planning Traceshiona�s education. Instead, they can worry about the never-ending feeding and diapering duties of parenting a newborn, and eventually the increased cooking and laundering duties of raising a teenager poised to attend college. funny photos

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Named one of the top three hospitals in Illinois for safety by the world�s largest independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization and among the nation�s 100 Top Hospitals� for 2007 by Thomson Healthcare, FHN has also been honored by VHA with a Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence in its treatment of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) in 2008, and a Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence for its treatment of cardiac patients in 2006. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, Hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. An average of 1,500 people come to FHN daily for their healthcare needs. For more information about FHN, please visit

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

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