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Local Students Win ValleyCare Scholarships

Hospital news | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

LIVERMORE, CA -- The ValleyCare Health System Auxiliary, which annually awards scholarships to area high school seniors planning to enter the health care field, recently named the 2013 winners. One additional $4000 award was funded by the ValleyCare Medical Staff. The Auxiliary conferred a total of five $4,000 and three $1,000 scholarships at the Auxiliary’s annual Appreciation Luncheon

in May.

Five students received $4000 scholarships including: Rachel Black from Amador High School who will attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara and major in psychology with long-term plans of becoming a neuropsychologist. Steve Shen, also from Amador High, will attend UC Berkeley and study human biology and go on to medical school. Jeremy Martin and Haley Mortenson both from Granada High School also received $4000 scholarships. Jeremy will attend UC Davis, majoring in biochemistry/molecular biology with the goal of medical school. Haley will go to University of Nevada at Reno and plans to become a nurse. Andrew Nelson from Dougherty High School, won the $4000 Medical Staff scholarship, and plans to enter the pre-med program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Tristan Aquilina from Amador High School, Nikita Bhakta from Livermore High and Emma Longridge from Foothill High each received $1,000 scholarships. Tristan will attend Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, CA, and eventually enter the nursing program at Cal State University of San Diego. Nikita will attend Las Positas College and plans to enter the nursing program there. She would like to become a nurse practitioner and work with Doctors Without Borders. Emma will go to Diablo Valley College with plans to transfer to St. Mary’s College and eventually would like to attend graduate school specializing in oncology.

Students awarded scholarships receive funds on an annual basis. In order to continue receiving the scholarship funds, students must maintain their eligibility by remaining full-time students studying course work leading to a career in the medical field. They must have continuous enrollment at the same college or university and maintain “C” or better grade point average.

The ValleyCare Auxiliary raises funds for these scholarships through sales at their gift shop in the lobby at ValleyCare Medical Center and the Thrift Shop, located in downtown Livermore.