Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and United Health Foundation Announce Scholarship Winners for 2008

Two students at The University of Arizona College of Medicine have received scholarships from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

PHOENIX — Two students at The University of Arizona College of Medicine have received scholarships from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation in collaboration with the United Health Foundation.
The two foundations partnered to offer $17,000 in scholarship funds to students planning to attend an Arizona institution of post-secondary education in the medical/health field.
Four Arizona students received these scholarships after meeting several guidelines, including being of Hispanic heritage and being in good academic standing at their respective schools.

The recipients of the scholarships are:

  • Tomas Acuna, 41, third-year student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University 
  • Efrain Cubillo, 25, second-year student at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson 
  • Gemma Vega, 23, student at Phoenix College 
  • Lucila Gomez, 19, student at Phoenix College
    To be considered for the scholarship, students were required to be enrolled full-time at any vocational school, community college or university in Arizona.

“We are under way with this great effort to help our future leaders to obtain their education,” said Harry Garewal, president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud of our partnership with United Health’s Foundation and we know that these scholarships will not only benefit the students’, but society in general.”

“It was most gratifying to see the business community invest in our students,” said Stuart Flynn, MD, interim dean of The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University. “In particular, it is great to see the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reach out to an important part of our underserved population and to promote their studies in the medical/health fields.”

"We are delighted that two of our talented Phoenix College students are receiving this assistance to further their studies at an Arizona institution of higher learning,” said Anna Solley, EdD, president of Phoenix College. “As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Phoenix College applauds the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the United Health Foundation for providing this outstanding opportunity."
The scholarships were awarded to the students for the 2008-2009 school year.

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About the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) – The AZHCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of the local business community, especially small business owners. Furthermore, the AZHCC provides a voice for Hispanic businesses in the Valley through advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels.

About The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University – The College of Medicine – Phoenix is the expansion of the only MD degree-granting college in Arizona. Beginning in 1967 with a class of 32 students on its Tucson campus, the college today encompasses full, four-year medical-education programs in Tucson and in Phoenix.

Contact: Joseph Ortiz, senior vice president of public relations and community affairs
(602) 294-6086
(602) 399-6374 (cell)
JosephO@azhcc.com

Phoenix College Contact: Michelle Klinger, coordinator of marketing & PR
(602) 285-7842
michelle.klinger@pcmail.maricopa.edu