Jan Stringer

Jan Stringer Scholarship

To provide educational resources to students who are pursuing a career in nursing.

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Why do you want to be a nurse, and what do you hope to accomplish in your career?


Applicant must:

- Have a permanent residence in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago County

- Intend to pursue a career in nursing

- Demonstrate financial need

Preference will be given to students who are entering their first year of nursing school.



Jan was born October 30, 1954 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of the late Paul J. and LaVonne M. (Michelson) Cascio. Jan graduated in 1972 from Jefferson High School in Rockford. She met her loving husband, Steve, that summer and their love blossomed like the first yellow flower of spring.  They were married on July 6, 1974.

She earned her RN degree from Kishwaushee College in Malta, IL. Jan worked at Swedish American Hospital 10 East and then in the Operating Room for 20 years. She then moved to Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center in 1995 and remained there for 18 years until her retirement in 2013.

The centerpiece of Jan’s life was her faith. She lived the verse “Love your neighbor as yourself.” through her work at Carpenter’s Place in Rockford, St. Mark’s outreach committee, and her two weeks on Mercy Ships. She cherished every opportunity to serve others, but none as much as her time with Mercy Ships; where she was able to combine her love of helping people, her nursing career, and her faith as she served communities in West Africa.

Jan took pride, pleasure, and comfort in exercise, her family, and the outdoors. She was an avid runner and swimmer, leading her to compete in many 5K races, a half marathon, and the Door Country Triathlon. She thoroughly enjoyed her “Fit for Life” class at Peak Sports Club in Rockford, IL. She had a love for nature and could regularly be found sailing, watching and feeding birds, or camping with family and friends.