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Normandy Villa The NHHF Scholarship contributed to a much needed financial aid package that allowed me to pursue studies in public health and prepare for a career in health care delivery. I am truly grateful for the assistance as I continue my professional aspirations in public health and medicine. Thank you for the support!

Normandy Villa, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health , 2013 NHHF Scholarship Recipient

The NHHF Scholarship allows me to continue pursuit of a medical career with the goals of serving Hispanic communities as a physician, mentoring other Latinos entering into the healthcare field, and addressing healthcare disparities specifically in Hispanic communities as a Public Health physician researcher. The NHHF Scholarship supplemented the high cost of my medical school education so upon graduation I can work in impoverished communities as a clinician. It also provided an opportunity to go to Washington DC and talk with legislators about healthcare reform implementation. This experience was inspiring and a reminder about the importance of the Latino voice in the Nation's Capital. While in Washington DC I went to Bethesda, MD to visit the National Institute of Health. Here I met a mentor and a truly inspirational Latina with an equal desire to improve the accessibility and equality of healthcare in the US. I am grateful to the Foundation for these amazing experiences that enhanced my perspective as a future physician.

Olivia Campa, UC Davis School of Medicine 2010 NHHF Scholarship Recipient 
Olivia [Campa] is an inspiration. She has been in medical school less than three months and has already displayed the desire and dedication it takes to be a health leader in the community.

Darin Latimore Director of UC Davis’ Medical Student Diversity Office
I am so grateful for organizations like the NHHF, which recognize our hard work and commitment to working with Latino communities. Winning this scholarship has reminded me why, as students, we have to keep pushing ourselves even when we feel like giving up.

Claudia Sevilla, University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine 2010 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
I am grateful to NHHF for supporting Latino students in achieving their professional goals. In medical school, it is indispensable to have a support system in order to succeed. Receiving a scholarship from the National Hispanic Health Foundation motivates me to continue excelling as I become a physician who provides quality medical services to Americans, particularly the Latino community.

Frinny R. Polanco, New York Medical College 2010 NHHF Scholarship Recipient 
Kenneth PayanThere are truly no words that can describe the tremendous gratitude and honor I feel for having been selected to receive the 2012 National Hispanic Health Professional Scholarship. This generous award has allowed me to focus on my education and commitment to working with vulnerable Latino communities without having to worry about the rising cost of obtaining an education. My ultimate goal in life is to utilize not only my personal background and experiences, but also my medical and public health education and training to ensure that underserved Latino communities have a standard of living adequate for the maintenance and propagation of good health. I am forever grateful…muchísimas gracias.
Kenneth Payan, UCSF School of Medicine & UC Berkeley School of Public Health, 2012 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
Thank you, NHHF, for believing in my ability to advance my education towards a doctoral degree in dentistry! In supporting health care students like myself, NHHF shows its commitment to helping Hispanics in under-served communities because the education that we receive trickles down to the quality of care our patients have access to.  I look forward to contributing in the same way and leaving a lasting impression on someone else’s educational investment.

Patricia M. Lopez, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston 2013 NHHF Scholarship Recipient

Nallely Saldana-RuizI am very grateful to the NHHF for granting me this award and recognition! It is truly inspirational to be recognized by the individuals that you admire. Medical education can be a challenging and transformative time. Receiving the support of organizations like NHHF and the NHMA, encourage me to continue to strive for excellence and to continue to work to improve the health of our under-served and disadvantaged populations. Thank you NHHF/NHMA, your support is invaluable to my success!

Nallely Saldana-Ruiz, University of Rochester School of Medicine 2013 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
Financial need is a contributing factor for many students deciding whether to advance their educational level. The NHHF Scholarship means the recipient will be able to pursue their educational goal, whether a masters degree or a doctoral degree. I felt a tremendous honor (and still do), to have been selected as a recipient of the prestigious NHHF Scholarship.

Mirian Zavala, DNS(c), MS, RN 2010 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
I am grateful to NHHF for their support. The scholarship they offered me has helped me pursue my goal of serving my community as a nurse, nurse practitioner, and as a nurse-scientist. As a young Latina, I firmly believe in the value of providing compassionate and culturally sensitive care to help improve the health of Hispanic and other underrepresented communities. Scholarships like this help empower future healthcare leaders. Thank you!
Rosario Jaime-Lara, Columbia University School of Nursing, 2012 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
I am so grateful for the generosity of others towards forwarding my education. I look forward to the day I can pay it forward and contribute to helping future students achieve their dreams.

Charlene Rocha, UC San Francisco School of Dentistry 2010 NHHF Scholarship Recipient

The NHHF Health Professional Scholarship has allowed me to pursue an MD/MBA at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. With this, I hope to move on to a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and a career in health care administration. The scholarship has also allowed me to continue working to improve the health of Hispanics in Boston and to empower a new generation of Latino students to become physicians.
Eduardo Hariton, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Business School, 2012 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
I am completing my capstone project for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey thanks in large part to NHHF. My focus is developing and initiating a breast patient navigation program for Hispanic/Latina women residing in Union City, NJ. I have framed the poster and a copy of the check you awarded me and I am thrilled to have been a part of that amazing evening last December but most importantly, thanks to NHHF, I was able to continue my studies and am near completion of my Doctorate in Nursing Practice. You are the best!

Gina Miranda-Diaz, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Nursing 2010 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
The National Hispanic Health Foundation has made a profound difference in the lives of so many. The work you have done to provide support to educational and charitable activities to improve the health of Hispanics sends an ongoing message of hope, care and support.

Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
The Latino Caucus for Public Health is proud to be associated with this program and its visionary effort to support the growth of a health care workforce that meets the need for, and is representative of the cultural and ethnic diversity of the US population.

Miryam C. Gerdine, President Latino Caucus for Public Health, APHA
In order to reduce the shortage of professionals committed to practice in our underserved communities, we must, in collaboration with other national organizations, identify and mentor tomorrow’s health care leaders. We appreciate programs, like those of the National Hispanic Health Foundation, that can assist students in achieving their goals.

Victor Rodriguez, President Hispanic Dental Association
It's an honor to be a scholarship recipient and to feel supported by an organization such as NHHF! It has given me the confidence, motivation and encouragement to help achieve my professional goals as a future healthcare leader and seek further leadership opportunities. Attending the gala and receiving this scholarship award confirmed my commitment to Latino health equity and provided me with inspiring support network/mentors.  I am grateful for your support and recognition. Thank you for believing in me, recognizing my efforts and potential as well as supporting my education.

Andrea Santos, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, 2013 NHHF Scholarship Recipient