LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary is continuing their support of future healthcare professionals by awarding $10,000 in scholarships to local high school students pursuing careers in the healthcare industry.
Ten students have been selected to receive $1,000 each for their healthcare-related studies. The recipients were chosen from more than 70 applicants and were awarded the scholarships based scholastic achievement, as well as school and community activities.
To qualify, applicants were required to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher, live within the Antelope Valley Healthcare District, and have plans to pursue a career in a health-related field. Recipients were chosen by a scholarship committee headed by AVH Auxiliary President, Harriet Lee.
“We are pleased to encourage graduating high school students through our scholarship program as they prepare to pursue careers in healthcare,” said Lee. “Our community would greatly benefit from their professional expertise upon completion of their training.”
This year’s scholarship recipients are:
- Laura Ayala, Rosamond High School;
- Nikita Bakhru, Quartz Hill High School;
- Robert Hyun, Quartz Hill High School;
- Josef Madrigal, Paraclete High School;
- Annie Radigan, Highland High School;
- Naomie Ranatunge, Quartz Hill High School;
- Anthony Sablan, Desert Christian High School;
- Wafigah Shah, Knight High School;
- Amy Sodergren, Quartz Hill High School; and
- Maxine Vera Cruz, Lancaster High School.
“The changes in the healthcare industry over the next few years will quickly increase the need for talented physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and other health professionals,” said Pamela Hinson, AVH Interim Administrator. “The more we can support young people from our local community, the more likely it will be that they will choose to care for patients in the Antelope Valley when they complete their studies.”
The AVH Auxiliary provides support to the hospital by raising funds and by providing services to support the mission of Antelope Valley Hospital.
(Information via press release from Antelope Valley Hospital.)