PEO Chapter BK is pleased to award this year's Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Linda Castillo. Castillo is currently in her final semester of the practical nurse program at Delta-Montrose Technical College. She plans to continue her nursing education and receive her RN degree, her BSN degree, and eventually her master's in nursing.
Most recently Castillo has worked as a CNA at the VA Nursing Home in Rifle and at the Colorado State Veterans Home. She has also worked as a medical assistant at the Premier Medical Center in Basalt.
The Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship was first awarded in December 2013 to honor the memory of Alice Penick. Alice had been a member of PEO Chapter BK and several other community organizations. She was also instrumental in starting the hospice program in Grand Junction in the late 1970s and was a former member of the advisory board for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
PEO is an international philanthropic educational organization promoting educational opportunities for women. It was founded at Iowa Wesleyan College in Iowa in January 1869. The Colorado State Chapter was the fourth state chapter of PEO and was organized on Jan. 23, 1903.
Delta-Montrose Technical College is a public career and technical college offering 57 secondary and postsecondary certificates in 12 different programs. All certificates can be earned in two semesters or less.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.