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In memory of La Salle teacher: Lori Tipton scholarship to aid future educators

Scholarship created through IVCC Foundation

“The scholarship will continue my mother’s dream of supporting students in IVCC’s teacher education program.”

—  Sarah Tipton, Lori Tipton's daughter

Family and friends of the late Lori Tipton, of Dalzell, are creating an Illinois Valley Community College Foundation scholarship for future teachers.

Tipton was an elementary and special education teacher for 33 years in La Salle. She died Sept. 15 at age 55 of COVID-19.

The endowment is being created by Lori’s husband Jim and children Katie Sobin and Jimmy Tipton, of Spring Valley, and Sarah Tipton, of Bloomington. Brother-in-law John Somoloski, of Peru, was also instrumental in creating the award.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be planning a career in elementary or secondary education, have a minimum 2.75 GPA and have graduated from La Salle-Peru High School, St. Bede Academy or Hall High School.

“The scholarship will continue my mother’s dream of supporting students in IVCC’s teacher education program,” said Sarah Tipton. “This memorial will help fulfill her legacy.”

After L-P, the former Lori Diddle attended IVCC before transferring to Illinois State University to major in elementary education. Later she received a master’s in education from National Lewis University.

Sarah said of her mother: “She loved her students just as much as her students loved her.”

Donors are being sought to support the endowment by visiting www.ivcc.edu and selecting “Give to IVCC” or by sending a check to: IVCC Foundation, 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL 61348-9692.