The Desert Valley Charitable Foundation donated over $100,000 in scholarships
to outstanding students seeking a degree in a medical field. Several Desert
Valley employees received scholarships along with local students at the
Among the recipients was Sahmon Chinichian who is currently a fourth year
medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.
He completed his Bachelors of Science at the University of California,
Irvine and is pursuing his ambition of becoming an ophthalmologist. At
Western University, Sahmon was involved in various community service activities
including the Pipeline to Health careers program designed to spark interest
in local 6th graders to pursue a career in healthcare. He also held the
position of class vice president during his first year of medical school.
Currently, he is assisting with research projects at University of California,
Irvine on the topic of Age Related Macular Degeneration. He will be applying
to residency programs this fall and graduating with his D.O. Degree in
2012 with hopes to return to the High Desert region of Southern California
to start his practice in the future.
Desert Valley Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program was created to
reward students who have achieved academic excellence while being involved
in school and community services. The program is open to all High Desert
residents who are enrolled in an accredited program leading to a Health
Care or medical related field. Desert Valley Charitable Foundation has
given over $100,000 annually for the last 6 years.