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Doctors Hospital Auxiliary awards $18,600 in scholarships
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Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary members gathered to congratulate their scholarship recipients who received a total of $18,600 from the proceeds of the group’s gift shop at the hospital. Scholarship recipients in the front row are from left, Hillary Davis, Amy Conklin and Adrian den Dulk. Back row from left are Taylor Oliveria, Lucille Silva, Gayle Foster, Jennie Cantrell, Maxine Motley, Donna Kinser, Johnette Ragsdale, and Cynthia Reich. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Much of the community is unaware that their purchases at the Doctors Hospital gift shop go toward scholarships for area students planning a career in the medical field.

The Doctors Hospital of Manteca Auxiliary tapped 16 students to divide up $18,600 in scholarship monies for the 2009-10 year.   The individual awards ranged from $750 to $1,500 to help pay for junior college and university fees.

Six of the students are attending junior colleges in Modesto and Stockton pursuing degrees in nursing and medicine.  Eight of the students are enrolled at the university level.  In addition, two students are working toward degrees in dietary and psychology.

Students at the university level are attending California State University, Sacramento; U.C. Davis School of Medicine, Hawaii Pacific University,  California  Polytechnic University, Dort College, Northwest Nazarene University, Loma Linda University, and Stanford University.

The scholarship award winners are: Monica Bamberger, Angela Brown, Benjamast Conklin, Hillary Davis, Kyle Davis, Adrian DenDulk, Taylor Oliveria, Ashley Palm, Gina Pfeifer, Cynthia Reich, Ashley Segaar, Rose Stewart, Kelly Van Elderen, Chad Van Ginkel, Alejandro Virrueta and Samantha Watts.

The scholarship applications were limited to graduates from Manteca and Ripon unified school districts with a review of their accomplishments including grade point averages, volunteer history, honors and leadership experiences.

They were required to be second year college students at a community college or university level with plans to go into a healthcare field.

Every year the hospital auxiliary has awarded scholarship to area students totaling thousands of dollars.

The first scholarship was awarded by the group in 1979 in the amount of $500.  The auxiliary is made up of some 56 members who donate their time with a minimum of four hours each week.