Victor Valley College Nursing Student to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Awards Event
On Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m., 81 outstanding High Desert students will
benefit from scholarships provided by the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation,
located on the campus of
Desert Valley Hospital. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 awards ceremony will take
place virtually with Daniela Gonzalez-Negrete, a nursing student at
Victor Valley College, serving as one of the keynote speakers. From high school students entering
universities to single mothers pursuing their dreams of healthcare service,
each recipient has demonstrated academic excellence and a sincere commitment
“This year’s scholarship recipients have amazing stories of
hard work and perseverance,” said Sunitha Reddy, 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.”
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted lives in so many ways. This year’s
increase in scholarship applications by students ranging in ages from
17 to 57 is an indication that more people want to be of service to others
through careers in healthcare. Founded in 1994 by long-time resident of
the High Desert, Dr. Prem Reddy, Prime Healthcare chairman, president
and CEO, the foundation has donated millions to various charities supporting
health education, college scholarships, public healthcare education and
free community clinics. To date, the foundation has awarded more than
$1.4 million in academic scholarships to High Desert residents.
The High Desert of Southern California is a nationally recognized
Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), meaning there is a shortage of primary, dental or mental health
care providers. Many of the scholarship recipients express a desire to
remain in the High Desert serving their community.
“We’re seeing a common thread that should be celebrated, a
relentless commitment to healthcare and a sincere desire to help others.
In the aftermath of this unprecedented global pandemic, healthcare workers
continue to be on the front line selflessly caring for patients all around
the world,” said Reddy.
Scholarship recipients will be celebrated by an impressive group of local
healthcare leaders. Additional event speakers include:
- Sunitha Reddy, 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
- Dr. Paul Lyons, dean and president of the California University of Science
- Dr. Imran Siddiqui, chief medical officer of Desert Valley Hospital and
Desert Valley Medical Group
- Dr. Leroy Pascal, medical director of emergency services of Desert Valley Hospital
In addition, recipients will be recognized by District 33’s Assemblymember
Thurston “Smitty” Smith and City of Victorville Mayor Debra Jones.
Community members and media are invited to join the virtual awards ceremony
so we can celebrate the accomplishments of the scholarship recipients
together. To join, visit Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/94125475351?pwd=WklDVzRXTjZVQmgxL051U1k0ak1FUT09 on May 27, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
For more information about the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, please
contact Eddie Hernandez at
About Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation
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.
For more information, visit www.premreddy.com.