$21,000 in Scholarships Awarded by Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation in 2019
The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Auxiliary awarded a total of $21,000 in scholarships to seven recipients ($3,000 to each) during the annual “Thank You Picnic Lunch” held at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum on April 23, 2019. Scholarships are awarded each year to Santa Ynez Valley residents entering or currently in health or medical-related careers.
All scholarship applicants were required to currently reside in the Santa Ynez Valley and have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university. Scholarships were selected by the SYVCH Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, co-chaired this year by Martha Nedegaard and Jacky Green; along with members Barbara Breza, Brenda Loskamp, Susan Snekvik and April Vossler.
Funds for five of the scholarships came from the proceeds of the Auxiliary's New to You thrift shop in downtown Solvang. The sixth award came from the Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund administered by the SYVCH Foundation. Mrs. Bertero’s daughter, Lisa Bertero Palmer, and son-in-law, Steve Palmer, with support from family established the fund in 2018 to honor Ann’s memory as a nurse and to encourage others to pursue a nursing career. The seventh scholarship came from the Jean Pack Scholarship Fund established through the SYVCH Foundation. Bob Pack, husband of the late Jean Pack, established the fund in 2019 to honor Jean’s tireless work as a volunteer at the hospital for more than two decades including chairing the scholarship committee for six years.
The 2019 SYVCH Auxiliary Scholarship Winners:
Currently a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Hannah attended the luncheon with her parents, Terry and Laura Albrecht. She will be attending Cal State University Northridge in the fall to pursue a major in psychology with a focus on neuroscience. Her career goal is to become a neuropsychologist.
Upon graduating in May from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Miari will be attending Occidental College in Los Angeles to pursue a major in cognitive science. After college, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric neuropsychiatrist. She attended the luncheon with her mother, Kiran Mariwalla.
A senior at Dunn School in Los Olivos, Christine was accompanied to the luncheon with her mother, Michelle Dettelis, and academic advisor, Barbara Haig. Christine will attend the University of California Los Angeles to major in neuroscience. She plans to attend medical school to prepare for a career as a neurosurgeon.
Graduating from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in May, Anna will attend University of California Santa Barbara to pursue a major in bio-psychology which focuses on the biological and psychological factors affecting behavior. After college, Anna plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a psychiatrist.
Currently a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Isabella will attend the University of San Francisco Honors College with a double major in psychology and biology. She hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics or rehabilitation. Isabella was joined at the luncheon by her mother Dana Di Croce.
Ann Bertero Scholarship Awardee Emily King
Emily is a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She plans to major in biology with a career goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. She attended the luncheon with her parents Doug and Kristi King.
First-time Jean Pack Scholarship Awardee Benjamin Blacker
Benjamin, a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, attended the luncheon with his parents Jeremy and Lyndsey Blacker. He will attend San Diego State University and will major in Bioengineering to prepare for medical school. His goal is to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.