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Students Forge Health Careers with Scholarships

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The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary presented $1,000 scholarships to 12 local high school seniors. Chosen from a pool of 72 applicants, each recipient has a minimum 3.5 grade point average and has been accepted to study a health career curriculum at an accredited college, university or technical school.

“It is encouraging to see so many students from the Antelope Valley choose to enter the healthcare profession where their skills and expertise will be needed to provide patient care,” said AVH Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Marsha Pedersen. “It is our hope that many of these recipients will return home to care for friends and family when they complete their studies.”

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

  • Ivy Ta, William J. "Pete" Knight High School
  • Sophia Digiovanni and Hunter Daly, Littlerock High School
  • Tasnia Chowdhury, Salma Fawzi, Brian Paek and Alondra Melendez, Highland High School
  • Austin Adams, Palmdale High School
  • Jouli Safi, Lancaster High School
  • Seerat Chawla, Danae Castillo and Diane Castillo, Quartz Hill High School

The AVH 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.

AVH Auxiliary Scholarship team

Pictured from left to right (back row): AVH Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Marsha Pedersen, Tasnia Chowdhury and Brian Paek. Front row: Hunter Daly, Diane and Danae Castillo and AVH Director of Volunteer Resources Mary Binkowski. Not pictured: Ivy Ta, Sophia Digiovanni, Salma Fawzi, Alondra Melendez, Austin Adams,Jouli Safi and Seerat Chawla.