St. Margaret's Foundation announces Stanmar Scholarship winner

Avery Detmers (center) is the recipient of the Stanmar Scholarship. He is pictured with Linda Burt ( left), St. Margaret’s vice president of quality and community services, and Michele Stanmar, St. Margaret’s clinic manager and daughter of the late Margaret Stanmar, MD.

SPRING VALLEY — The winning applicant for this year’s $1,000 Dr. Margaret Stanmar Scholarship was recently chosen by St. Margaret’s Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Avery Detmers of Ladd plans to attend Illinois State University, with the ultimate goal of becoming physician’s assistant with a focus on dermatology.

Detmers is a 2015 graduate of Hall High School, Spring Valley, and attended Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. An honor roll student at Hall, he was an active member of the golf team, French Club, Power Mechanics Club and Science Club. Outside of school, he has been involved with numerous community service organizations, such as Get Your Rear in Gear 5k, Ladd Men’s Club, Hall Township Food Pantry, Wyaton Hills Golf Course Camp, and Meals-on-Wheels, just to name a few. At IVCC, he was involved in Sci-Fest, Sigma Kappa Delta/Mu Alpha Honor Society, and the Honors Program, all while working a part-time job at Rip's Tavern.

Avery is the son of Alan Jr. and Cheryl Detmers of Ladd and has an older sister.

Dr. Margaret Stanmar graduated as an MD from The Chicago Medical School in Chicago in 1943. She was one of four other females in her class to earn a medical degree at that time. She opened her practice in LaSalle and practiced in the field of OB/general practice. A longtime physician in the Illinois Valley area, Dr. Stanmar joined the St. Margaret’s staff in late 1975 and continued to practice in LaSalle and on staff at St. Margaret’s until her passing on Aug. 9, 1997.

For more information on the Stanmar Scholarship or St. Margaret’s Foundation, contact Linda Burt at 815-664-1429.