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  Twelve Local Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare Industry Honored with Financial Boost

Torrance, Calif., June 13, 2012 - Twelve South Bay high school seniors planning careers in the healthcare industry will receive a $1,000 financial boost to aid in their professional aspirations as recipients of the 2012 Torrance Memorial Medical Center High School Scholarship awards.

The scholarships are made possible through funds raised through Torrance Memorial Medical Center's annual Holiday Festival by members of Las Amigas, a philanthropic support group of the Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation.The recipients are selected based on their academic merit, financial need and enrollment in a healthcare-related study program.

"The ever-changing healthcare landscape requires that we continue to attract top talent to see us into the future," Michele Alarcon, recruiter, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, said. "We hope these scholarships help to provide the encouragement and support they need to springboard them toward the road of success."

The following is a list of this year's scholarship recipients, along with their selected area of study and high school name.

  • Olivia Chavez, Clinical Laboratory Science, Mary Star of the Sea High School
  • Katelynn Collins, Nursing, Redondo Union High School
  • Grace Davis, Nursing, South Torrance High School
  • Venessa De Le Torre, Nursing, Bishop Montgomery High School
  • Maciel Gonzalez, Nursing, Leuzinger High School
  • Juliette Langit, Nursing, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
  • Angelina Nacionales, Nursing, Carson High School
  • Bridgette Kielhack, Physical Therapy, Hope Chapel Academy
  • Eun Sung Choi, Pharmacy, Chadwick School
  • Michelle Imamura, Pharmacy, North Torrance High School
  • Brittany Collins, Radiology, Mira Costa High School
  • Alysha Kim, Occupational Therapy, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

The students were honored recently at a special ceremony luncheon at the medical center where they received recognition among their family members and academic counselors. During the ceremony representatives from various healthcare practices at Torrance Memorial presented their perspectives on working in the healthcare industry. The students also took tours of various departments.

About Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner.  For more information please visit.


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