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Donald Pechous creates memorial scholarships for nursing students

Published: Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 9:57 p.m. CDT

STICKNEY – Stickney resident Donald E. Pechous established a Nursing Scholarship Fund in memory of his parents and those of his late wife, Carla Zourek Pechous.

The $16,000 fund will be administered through the Friends of Morton Foundation and will award two $8,000 scholarships to qualifying students who complete the college’s two-year nursing program.

One scholarship will be awarded in memory of James J. Zourek and his wife, Ann Kohout Zourek, former residents of Cicero. Another scholarship will be in memory of John M. Pechous and Francis Seidel Pechous, formerly of Berwyn.

Donald Pechous, a longtime resident of Berwyn, recalled the kindly, professional care his wife, mother and mother-in-law received over the years.

Pechous said he was inspired to help students who have “a strong desire for a nursing career but face demonstrable financial hardships in achieving their goals.”

“We need nurses,” he said.

Pechous said he chose Morton College to receive his scholarship donations because of numerous family ties to the school. His father-in-law, James Zourek, was a longtime member of the Morton College Board.

Pechous also attended Morton College and was elected president of the sophomore class and graduated Phi Theta Kappa. He went on to a career in teaching and later in public service as Berwyn’s 1st Ward Alderman and as city and township clerk.

Pechous said in a news release he views the scholarships as his “gift back to a community with increasing need for nursing services.”

He added he hopes others will make similar donations to the foundation to assist financially struggling nursing students.

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