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The Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, founded by Dr. Prem Reddy and his family, has donated millions in support of health education, college scholarships, public healthcare education, and free community clinics. On a global level, the foundation supports Samaritan’s Purse by donating equipment used in clinics in poverty-stricken regions around the world. The foundation also funds clean water initiatives, childhood vaccinations programs, educational grants, new medical clinics, and medical missions to treat blindness with free cataract removal surgeries or pediatric congenital heart defects.


2022 Scholarship Awards Ceremony: Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation
Awards High Desert Students Scholarships for Careers in Healthcare

(VICTORVILLE, Calif. – June 14, 2022) The Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation presented its largest scholarship award donation to 84 outstanding and diverse High Desert students seeking an education in the health sciences on Thursday, June 9 at the Spring Valley Lake Country Club in Victorville.

From high school students overcoming significant hardships to single mothers pursuing their dreams of healthcare service, each recipient has demonstrated academic excellence and a sincere commitment to serving the healthcare needs of their communities. They each shared a portion of a six-figure donation from the Foundation to pursue their dreams of a career in healthcare.


(Top) 2022 Award Recipients
(Bottom left) Sunitha Reddy, Executive Director of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation
(Bottom right) Dr. Venkamma Reddy, Co-Founder of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation

Founded in 1989 by healthcare visionary Dr. Prem Reddy, Prime Healthcare chairman, president, and CEO, the foundation has donated millions of dollars to various charities supporting health education, college scholarships, public healthcare education, and free community clinics. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in academic scholarships to High Desert residents.

“I’m so proud and humbled that our scholarship program has grown each year to reward hard-working and deserving students who want to pursue careers in healthcare,” said Dr. Reddy. “My dream was to be able to give others the opportunities I was given to obtain an education. Education is the first step for people to gain the knowledge and skills they need to make this world a better place.”

Scholarship recipients are celebrated by an impressive group of local healthcare leaders. Additional event speakers included:

  • Sunitha Reddy, Executive Director of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation
  • Dr. Venkamma Reddy, Co-Founder of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation
  • Fred Hunter, CEO of Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group
  • Angelina Clinkenbeard, Student Speaker, and Aspiring Nurse
  • John Morris, RN, Emergency Medicine, Desert Valley Hospital
  • Dr. Paul Lyons, dean, and president of the California University of Science and Medicine
  • Thurston “Smitty” Smith, California State Assemblyman from the 33rd District
  • Honorable Debra Jones, Mayor of Victorville

“This year’s scholarship recipients have amazing stories of hard work and perseverance,” said Sunitha Reddy, Executive Director of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation. “Each individual was selected for their passion to put others first and a commitment to make lives and our community better. We are grateful for the opportunity to support their dreams and future in medicine.”

High Desert nursing student Angelina Clinkenbeard addressed her fellow scholarship recipients at the awards dinner. She shared the story of losing her father suddenly, and the story of her mother, a registered nurse who stops to help others on a regular basis, who inspires her and is her hero. “She really made an impact on me. She makes a difference. She saves lives. How could I not want to do the same thing? Being a nurse is my only dream,” said Clinkenbeard.

More scholarships were awarded this year than in years past. This year’s increase in scholarship applications by students ranging in ages from 17 to 52 is an indication that more people want to be of service to others through careers in healthcare.

Read the entire release here.


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