Grossmont Healthcare District awarded 36 scholarships to healthcare scholars from 18 high schools at April 15 board meeting

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently awarded $81,000 in scholarships to 36 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The scholarships were presented at GHD’s Friday, April 15 board meeting.

The students from 18 high schools in the East County were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Two students from each high school will receive either a $3,000 or $1,500 check from GHD at the end of their first semester of college contingent on completing at least nine units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better, according to GHD 2016 board president Robert “Bob” Ayres.

“We applaud these specially selected students who have demonstrated great potential in leading the next generation and shaping the future of healthcare,” said Ayres. “We are proud to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving in the workforce of tomorrow. We look forward to their future success through college and beyond.” 

The students included (name of the high school follows the two students’ names): Mikaela Patterson, Taylor Lynch, Christian; Lenda Lawrence, Maryam Shaoo, El Cajon Valley; Vivian Maldonado, Ahtziri Gallegos-Enriquez, El Capitan; Nevea Atherton, Elizabeth Williamson, Foothills Christian; Andy Yousif, Kaylie Hildebrand, Granite Hills; Jazmin Morales, Halee Scott, Grossmont; Nancy Tomka, Sara Froomin, Grossmont Middle College; Diondraya Taylor, Jessica Irvine, Helix Charter; Allison Hale, Rachel Jensen, Liberty Charter; Jolissa Manuel, Bethany Mudge, Monte Vista; Brandol Camacho Frasco, Francis Evangelista, Mount Miguel; Eder Lomeli, Alexandra Denlinger, Mountain Empire; Kailey Archuleta, Georgina Fang, Patrick Henry; Cordelia Holsonback-Master, Jenelle Yaldo, River Valley Charter; Michael Chase, Catelyn Renna, Santana; Allison Hall, Alexander Rodriguez, Steele Canyon Charter; Salam Allahwerdy, Regina Mansour, Valhalla; Savannah Fakhouri, Dakota Betz,West Hills.

GHD has honored more than 500 local high school students interested in a healthcare career with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling more than $1 million.
 The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.