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DHM Auxiliary awards $21,000 in scholarships to medical students
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Eleven college medical students received a total of $21,000 from the Doctors Hospital Auxiliary from their gift shop proceeds. Donna Kinser and Gayle Foster pose with six of their student recipients. The college students from left are Laura Barbosa, Lilia Padilla, twins Landen and Kelsey Tillema, Joshua Villegas and Amy Conklin. - photo by GLENN KAHL

A total $21,000 in college scholarships were presented to 11 medical students this week from the Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary’s gift shop earnings.

Of the 11 there are seven who plan to be nurses and one focused on becoming a medical doctor.  One is going into radiology; another is going into research and the last is working toward becoming a dietition.

Four of those are in upper classmen at a state college and another four are attending universities.  There are two at Modesto Junior College and one at Delta College.

Brother and sister twins Kelsey and Landen Tillema are enrolled at Dordt College.  Joshua Villegas is attending Kansas State, Kelly Van Elderen is at the University of Nevada at Reno.  Rose Stewart is at Modesto Junior College as is Lilia Padilla.  Taylor Oliveria is reaching for her master’s degree at CSU/Davis.  Adrian DenDulk is also at Davis planning to become a medical doctor.  

Amy Conklin is at Delta College where she has already earned two associate in arts degrees and is hoping to become a nurse.  Laura Barboso is attending Cal State Fresno in that school’s nursing program.

The chair for the scholarship program is Gayle Foster with Cecelia Drake serving as the co-chair.  Also on the committee are Donna Kinser, Maxine Motley and Earl Pimentel.