29 Students Awarded Scholarships by the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars Program

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

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Congratulations to the 29 East Bay students who received a total of $67,000 in scholarships from the 2012-2013 Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars Program.

Scholarship winners attend a community college, four-year university, or graduate program and received awards ranging
from $1,000 to $3,000.

“Thank you Sutter Health for your generosity,” said Lauren Choy, Sutter Health scholarship winner and daughter of Melody Choy, staff pharmacist at Eden Medical Center. “Your gift will help to cover my tuition for the upcoming academic year and will let me devote more time to my studies as a biology major.”

These local awards are part of the 155 Sutter Health scholarships awarded to Northern California students for the 2012-2013 academic year. All award recipients have parents or grandparents employed by Sutter Health. “As an employee, to have a member of my family recognized made me feel recognized as well,” said Colleen Ferguson, R.N., critical care services nurse manager at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, whose son, Ian, was awarded a scholarship. “[T]hrough their support of bright young scholars pursuing careers in the health care field, [Sutter] is assuring our future of having the best and the brightest clinicians to carry on the good work being done by the people who work for Sutter Health today.”

“With the support of Sutter Health scholarships, I am able to commit myself fully to my education—to not only focus on the study of health science, but also to extend my classroom learning to health-related extracurriculars I might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience,” added Ian Ferguson, Sutter Health scholarship winner and son of Colleen Ferguson, R.N., critical care services nurse manager at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Award breakdowns by Sutter Health East Bay affiliate are as follows:

Named in honor of former Sutter Health CEO Van R. Johnson, the Sutter Scholars Program has awarded more than 4,000 scholarships totaling more than $5.9 million to Northern California students since its inception in 2003.

Scholarships are awarded annually based on financial need and competitive review.

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