Ortiz Eye & Hearing Associates of Morris announced that Shelby Haynes, a graduate of Morris Community High School, is the recipient of its annual $500 scholarship.
The cash award is presented to the most-qualified graduating senior at MCHS planning to major in a health-related field. Haynes plans to attend Lewis University, where she will major in Nursing-BSN.
Shelby, the daughter of Angela Haynes of Morris, had a cumulative grade point average of 4.804. During high school, she was inducted into Delta Phi Art Club; attended the Honors Banquet, the World Affairs Seminar 2012 and ACT Conference; and was JJC Show Participant.
In her scholarship application, Shelby said at the beginning of her sophomore year, she knew she wanted to be a nurse practitioner specializing in the field of pediatric oncology. She said knew she would be a great candidate because she had seen firsthand what nurses had to do caring for extremely sick patients.
During her sophomore year, she became very ill and the doctors told her parents she was going into kidney failure and they did not know why this was happening. She was rushed by ambulance to Loyola University Medical Center, where a team of nurses and doctors found that the NSAID medicine she was taking for a knee injury had caused the kidney failure.
A week after her release from the hospital, her father became ill, and a month later was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Shelby helped her mom take care of him, making sure he got his shots every night because of his blood clots. He passed away five months later at the Joliet Hospice Home surrounded by family and very caring nurses.
In her scholarship application, she said the award would mean a lot because, “I am living on a single income from my mom and that goes to pay for the bills.”
Shelby said she has a lifeguarding job before school and wakes up at 4 a.m. to go to work until 7:30 a.m. and then directly to school, where she said she is a dedicated, efficient and punctual student, while making sure all her work is done as soon as she gets home from school.
“The money I make will not be enough to pay for my college tuition. These are just a few of the reasons that I would be a great candidate for this scholarship,” she wrote.