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It really means a lot that an organization like NHHF believed in me enough to award me this scholarship when I said I wanted to advocate for the health of the Latino community on the policy level. In the two years since I was awarded this scholarship I have had some unbelievable opportunities. I have been able to make my dreams come true and – without the support of organizations like NHHF – I don't know if I would have been able to.

Alfredo Mireles, Jr. is the first health science student ever to be selected to be the lone student representative to the UC Board of Regents, which oversees the $21 billion dollar university system that includes 10 campuses, five hospitals and three national laboratories.

Alfredo Mireles, Jr., University of California, San Francisco - Student Regent 2009 NHHF Scholarship Recipient
It was an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the National Hispanic Health Foundation for a commitment to leadership and the Latino community. Receiving the award and attending the award gala, helped reinforce the knowledge that there is an extensive support network of Hispanic health professionals encouraging future generations of Latino leaders. This encouragement fuels a continued commitment to leadership and the Latino community, which I am hopeful will help alleviate the inequalities that burden the Latino community. Thank you NHMA and NHHF for your continued support.

Christina M. Cruz, M.D., Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine 2008 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 
Dentistry goes beyond my interest in the biomedical sciences and working with my hands; it is a profession that allows me to physically and emotionally demonstrate encouragement, commitment, hope and an improved standard of living for the patients that I serve.

Andre Guerrero, UC San Francisco School of Dentistry 2008 NHHF Scholarship Recipient.
It was [health access] struggles that made me realize the importance of cultural competence and the lack of minority physicians: two reasons why I decided to pursue medicine.

Miriam Abaunza, UC Davis School of Medicine 2008 NHHF Scholarship Recipient.
It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to represent the future health professionals of the field. I think NHHF is doing great work in trying to reach out to future health professionals and supporting my education and other students’ through the process.

Yessica Diaz, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 2005 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
My parents are ecstatic of my love for the sciences. What makes this award so special is that it is coming from individuals who have helped to address health disparities and who are from the Latino community – people who are helping to build a public infrastructure to make sure that our needs continue to be met.

John Sanchez, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University 2005 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
As a recipient of the NHHF Scholarship, I am very grateful to the organization for its support, confidence in me, and creation of a network of providers who will work hard to ensure the continued success of its people. Thank you again NHHF!

Natalia Sanchez, University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine 2009 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