Golby family helping others with new nursing scholarship

Barb BolbyBarbara Curran Golby devoted to her life to helping others through nursing and teaching.

She worked as a nurse in the Kewanee area for nearly 50 years and spent the last 10 years of her career teaching CNA students at Black Hawk College East Campus.

Barbara retired from Black Hawk College in 2002. After her death in May 2011 at the age of 78, her family decided to create a nursing scholarship in her name for Black Hawk College students.

“She loved teaching, and she especially loved teaching at Black Hawk College. Mom was especially impressed by the friendliness of the people on campus,” said her son, Marty Golby of Geneseo.

“She definitely tried to help those students who needed an extra push or more encouragement in order to succeed,” he said. “Most of all, she always enjoyed running into her former students in the Kewanee area and hearing about their experiences in the nursing field and about their lives.”

The Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship will be awarded to one East Campus student per year for three to five years. The first recipient will be selected in March 2012 when the next Basic Nurse Assistant Training program begins. Classes are taught at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

The eight-week program is designed to instruct students in learning how to assist the nurse in direct patient care.

“This generous scholarship will have such an impact on the life of a CNA student,” said Cheryl Ballantyne, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the Basic Nurse Assistant Training program.

“The education it can provide may give a student the opportunity to move out of a minimum wage job and into the start of a new career,” she said.

“The rural areas are especially hard hit by the economic downturn, and although the need for CNAs continues to be great, lack of funding for student education is almost always the obstacle in our program,” Ballantyne said.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of those who value education, and provide the means for a student to attend college who otherwise might not get to go.”

The CNA scholarship application is available at the Community Education Center in Kewanee and at the Black Hawk College East Foundation office at the college’s East Campus.

Because of Barbara Curran Golby’s strong ties to the Neponset area, preference will be given to Neponset residents.

Barb GolbyBarbara was raised on a farm in rural Neponset. Her father, Dr. Robert Curran, was a farm animal veterinarian, serving the Buda, Sheffield and Neponset areas. As a child, she often frequented the Neponset Public Library and read all of the books she could find related to the medical field.

She attended Neponset schools, graduating from Neponset High School in 1950. Her husband, John Golby, still lives on the family farm in rural Neponset.

The Golby family is interested in seeing the scholarship fund grow so that more students can benefit.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship can send a gift to the Black Hawk College East Foundation at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, Ill., 61434. Or, interested donors can contact executive director Liz Breedlove at 309-854-1715 or breedlovel@bhc.edu.

For more information about the Black Hawk College East Foundation, visit www.bhc.edu/foundations.


Last updated 12/5/2011