This spring, El Camino Hospital Foundation awarded nine scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year to community residents and hospital employees who are pursuing full-time studies in a healthcare field. The recipients went through a rigorous evaluation process that included a detailed application, confidential statement of financial need, and an interview. Most have overcome significant personal hardship to pursue their academic studies. The scholarship money will help them defray the cost of tuition, books, and/ or school fees.
Three young women received $1,600 each from the Melchor Nursing Scholarship Endowment. Two are full time students at San Jose State University pursuing studies to become registered nurses and one will matriculate into the nursing program at California State University East Bay in the fall. Their interests are pediatric and emergency department medicine.
Two students received $1,000 each from the Kirsten Hansen Memorial Fund. One, a current El Camino Hospital Employee in the Nutrition Services department, is studying to become a registered dietician and the other is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. Both are students at San Jose State University.
An émigré from Namibia received funding from the Anderson Scholarship Fund. After graduating from San Jose State University with a nursing degree in December, she hopes to assist needy families in inner city communities and around the world.
Smaller scholarships were awarded to three other students who are pursuing degrees in clinical laboratory science, a doctor of pharmacy, and a bachelor of science in nursing.
For information about contributing to the Foundation’s various scholarship funds and helping deserving students realize their dreams of healthcare careers, please call 650-940-7154.