• $15,000 in Scholarships Awarded by SYVCH Auxiliary and SVCHF in 2018

Published on May 29, 2018

$15,000 in Scholarships Awarded by Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation in 2018

Each year, the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Auxiliary offers scholarships to Santa Ynez Valley residents entering or currently in the health or medical-related fields. Scholarship applicants also had to meet the following requirements: have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university; have a minimum 3.5 GPA; submit a one-page typed essay articulating academic goals and future professional plans and provide at least one letter from a volunteer supervisor verifying community service. All scholarships were selected by the SYVCH Auxiliary Scholarship Committee.

A total of $15,000 was presented to five recipients ($3,000 to each) during the annual “Thank You Picnic Lunch” at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum on April 25, 2018. Funds for four of the scholarships awarded came from the proceeds of the Auxiliary's New to You thrift shop in downtown Solvang.

A fifth scholarship award came from the first-time Ann Bertero Scholarship established through the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation. Mrs. Bertero’s daughter, Lisa Palmer, and son-in-law, Steve Palmer, have established the fund with support from their family to honor Ann’s memory and encourage others to pursue careers in a nursing vocation.

Mrs. Palmer said at the picnic, “My mother was a devoted Auxiliary volunteer for more than a decade and a life-time hospital volunteer in all the communities where she lived. She helped inaugurate and integrate Auxiliary volunteers into our local hospital’s emergency department in 2006 and also created a hospital youth volunteer program. Ann was the recipient of the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Health & Human Services Volunteer of the Year award in 2012. She worked tirelessly until her passing in 2014 to encourage community support for our Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. Our family is thrilled to be able to award this first scholarship in her memory.”

The 2018 SYVCH Auxiliary Scholarship Winners are:

Lilly Lopez
Lilly is graduating from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School this month and credits her family support as helping her achieve her dreams of a health career. She will be attending Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, pursuing a major in nursing with a goal of becoming a licensed nurse practitioner.

Megan Elbert
Currently attending Santa Barbara City College’s Radiology program, Megan is working towards her x-ray license as well as pursuing training in other imaging modalities including mammography, CT and ultrasound. Megan credits SYVCH Ultrasound Technician Linda Rodriguez for being a valuable mentor and providing her with encouragement during her student training at the hospital. She hopes to work at SYVCH in the future.

Sophie Monterrosa
After graduating this month from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Sophie will be attending University of California at Berkeley in the fall and will major in neuroscience. She plans to attend medical school with a goal of becoming a neurologist.

Arrianna Martinez
Arrianna discovered a passion for medicine through her volunteer work in the SYVCH Emergency Department. After graduating from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School this month, she will be attending University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue a degree in nursing with a focus on anesthesiology. Arrianna’s goal is to earn a nursing certification and degree as a nurse anesthetist.

Ann Bertero Scholarship Awardee Nicholas Briceno
Nicholas, a life-long resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, is currently employed in the SYVCH Emergency Department and is enrolled at Santa Barbara City College where he plans to study nursing. His goal is to achieve a bachelor’s degree in nursing and to continue his career in emergency medicine.

SYVCH Vice President Wende Cappetta remarked, “The Auxiliary provides thousands of hours of invaluable volunteer service each year to our hospital and raises money that allows for these scholarships. On behalf of our entire hospital staff and community, thank you Auxiliary members for your generosity!”

Founded in 1962, the SYVCH Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization providing more than 18,000 service hours annually to the hospital. Volunteers also operate the “New to You” thrift shop at 1689 Oak Street in Solvang which raises funds for scholarships and supports hospital needs. According to Barbara Anderson, 2018 Auxiliary President, “These scholarships are made possible by community support and more than 200 women and men in the Auxiliary who volunteer their time, treasure and talent.”

New SYVCH Auxiliary members are always needed and welcomed. For more information about Auxiliary membership and volunteering, please contact Martine Surey at 805-686-3971 or, or visit the hospital’s volunteer web page

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