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Auxiliary awards 10K in Scholarships

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For the 23rd consecutive year, theAntelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC) Auxiliary presented $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in healthcare. Chosen from a pool of 84 applicants, each of the recipients has a minimum 3.5 grade point average; graduated from a local high school; and has been accepted to study a health career curriculum at an accredited college, university or technical school.

“Each recipient has demonstrated exceptional dedication and determination to their studies and future goals,” said AVMC Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Bobbie Patton. “It is encouraging to receive so many qualified scholarship applicants from local students, and it is our hope that many of these recipients will choose to care for patients in our valley when they complete their studies.”

The following students were the recipients of this year’s awards:

  • Jesus Omar Gomez, Antelope Valley High School
  • Edward Banuelos and Grace Diaz, William J. Pete Knight High School
  • Alexander Bradley Chew and Christiana Han, Highland High School
  • Elliot Pourdavoud, SOAR
  • Branden James Cason, Eastside High School
  • Rylee Maston, Paraclete High School
  • Chelsea Ogunmowo and Sarah Zhang, Quartz Hill High School

The AVMC Auxiliary raises funds for the hospital through the hospital gift shops, New to You Thrift Shop, auxiliary bake sale and other seasonal fundraising events. In addition to its annual health career scholarships program, some of the auxiliary’s past pledges benefited the Women and Infants Pavilion, OB clinics, neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department expansion, and state-of-the-art equipment for the critical care unit.

Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners

Back row from left: Jesus Omar Gomez, Edward Banuelos, Elliot Pourdavoud and Branden James Cason.
Front row from left: Alexander Bradley Chew, Grace Diaz, Sarah Zhang, Chelsea Ogunmowo and Christiana Han.
Not pictured: Rylee Maston