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POSTED July 12, 2017 1:24 a.m.

The Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxilary has once again drained its treasury for the benefit of college students in their medical pursuits in a variety of protocols handing out their annual scholarships.
One of those students was Robby Abney, 27, who has worked in the role of Captain America for Disneyland in Southern California before returning to Manteca to focus on becoming a family nurse practitioner. He has already served as a hospitality volunteer for Children’s Hospital in Orange County. Abney has also served as a volunteer with the Mariners Church group outreach in Mexico. He was newly married in October.
Abney worked for Disney for some 10 years in a variety of character roles and promoted a number of movies, got to be part of Children’s Hospital in the Southland and went to Singapore and to Southeast Asia as well. 
“I was the quarterback in high school who turned into the theater guy,” he said. “I was featured in all the musicals at Castro Valley High School.”   His wife Jillian (Goulart) is a third-grade teacher at River Island School in Lathrop.
He is starting summer school July 17 in Modesto where he is taking classes in Advanced Comprehension and Critical Thinking. Abney said he has long been anxious to become a full time student.
Kara Hall, 24, is working toward her doctorate in Physical Therapy – already having a 4.0 grade point average – and is now just one and a half years away from that prestigious degree.
“I can’t wait to start my internships,” she said.
 Hall is a graduate of Sierra High School and the recipient of the Michael Thomson Character Counts Award and also served as a member of the high school Rotary Interact Club.
Gagandip Singh and her sister Amondip of Ripon are graduates of Ripon High School.  Both are currently sophomore students at Merced College with near 3.8 grade point averages.  Gagandip is focused on becoming a cardo thoracic surgeon and her sister is majoring in business and Public Health – hoping to go into health care administration.
Sierra Mattila, 19, is now at Fresno Pacific University with a 3.31 grade point average.  Currently in his sophomore year, he wants to go into the field of mental health.
All the profits from the hospital gift shop go toward the medical scholarships of students every year,

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