By Rick Griffin
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, will present $81,000 in scholarships to 36 high school students who are interested in a healthcare professions career. Students will be recognized at the April 20, 2012, GHD board meeting.
The students from 18 different 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, according to GHD 2012 board president Debbie McElravy. Two students from each high school received a GHD scholarship of either $3,000 or $1,500. The students included (name of the high school follows the student’s names):
Eric Smith, Nyvine Habchi, Chaparral; Chris Paiva, Joshua Feldscher, Christian; Jaqueline Garcia, Catherine Shaba, El Cajon Valley; Megan Ellis, Jared McCarthy, El Capitan; Victoria Pool, Heather Howell, Granite Hills; Leanne Gottwig, Adeyinka Bello, Grossmont; Diane Luu, Julia Trubovitz, Grossmont Middle College; Jessica Relucio, Khori Darling, Helix Charter; Redal Khummi, Matthew Cherwa, Liberty Charter; Carly Boyd, Marck Masicap, Monte Vista; Maria Guillen, Claudia McCallum, Mount Miguel; Lexus Cosmano, Hannah Foster, Mountain Empire; Alexia Rubio, Mi La, Patrick Henry; Hannah Fletcher, Kalli Jones, River Valley Charter; Joseph Robley, Luis Marroquin, Santana; Caleb Henderson, Julie Chihwaro, Steel Canyon Charter; Ileana Matta, Joseph Maroge, Valhalla; Karen Quezada, Masara Issa, West Hills.
GHD has honored local high school students with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, GHD has presented local high school students with hundreds of individual scholarships totaling $706,000.
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.