LANCASTER — For the 21st consecutive year, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary awarded scholarships to 15 local high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
Scholarship recipients include:
- Kathryn Davis, Chau Le and Cassandra Quijada of Quartz Hill High School;
- Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza and Oscar Buenrostro of Palmdale High School;
- Jeanie Paek and Ryan Bugsch of Highland High School;
- Stephanie De La Melena of Lancaster High School;
- Jamie Gordon, Arshlee Mamangun and Carmela Martinez of Knight High School;
- Alexis Gomez of Littlerock High School; and
- Irene Ramos of Antelope Valley High School.
Each of the students selected by the auxiliary scholarship committee received a $1,000 scholarship to go toward their studies and training. To be eligible, applicants must have been accepted to study a health career curriculum at an accredited college, university or technical school.
Chosen from a pool of 67 deserving applicants, each recipient has a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and attends high school within the Antelope Valley Union High School District as well as Mojave, Boron, Rosamond and Vasquez high schools.
“One of the greatest contributions we can make as a hospital is to help encourage young people to pursue a career in health care and to live out their dreams,” stated AVH Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Bobbie Patton. “Physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and others will all be needed to keep up with the growing demand of our community; and it is our hope that many of these students will choose to care for patients in our 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 AVH. Fundraising activities include running the hospital gift shop, thrift shop, auxiliary bake sale and seasonal sale events. In addition to its annual health career scholarships program, some of the auxiliary’s past pledges benefited the Women and Infants Pavilion and OB clinic, continuing-care nursery, neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery, emergency department expansion and state-of-the-art equipment for the critical care unit.
“Our auxiliary is a critical part of helping Antelope Valley Hospital fulfill its mission and demonstrating what not-for-profit health care is all about,” stated AVH CEO Dennis Knox. “Our heartiest congratulations go out to these 15 outstanding high school students as they start their journey in an industry filled with good work, good people and good hearts.”
[Information via news release from Antelope Valley Hospital.]