Illinois Valley Community College graduate Devanshi Patel of LaSalle recently won the college’s Frederick W. Matthiessen Award.
Patel is transferring to Northern Illinois University this fall and eventually plans to attend medical school and become a physician. She is the daughter of Jitendrakumar and Geetaben Patel. Her numerous achievements include being:
• A 4.0 GPA student named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team along with Michael Stoens of Lostant.
• IVCC Foundation’s 2019 co-21st Century Scholar, earning $3,000 for the honor.
• A peer tutor for chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology and math for two years.
• The former PTK president who organized and moderated panel discussions by professionals in engineering, health care, business and education to expose students to different career fields.
• A frequent volunteer for admissions office recruiting events and Foundation fundraisers.
• A former three-year emergency room volunteer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.
• Salutatorian of the LaSalle-Peru Township High School Class of 2018, finishing second in a class of 253 students.
IVCC announced the Matthiessen winner at its 54th annual commencement on May 16, a ceremony delivered in an online format because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Matthiessen Award, is only given periodically to graduates who demonstrate academic excellence and extraordinary service to the college and community.
Frederick W. Matthiessen, 1835-1918, was a philanthropist and industrialist instrumental in the creation of Matthiessen State Park and the development of L-P High School, among other humanitarian and public service works.