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
(Bottom right) Dr. Venkamma Reddy, Co-Founder of the Dr. Prem Reddy Family
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
- 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.
The High Desert of Southern California is considered a
Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), meaning there is a shortage of primary, dental, or mental healthcare
providers. Many of the scholarship recipients expressed a desire to remain
in the High Desert serving their community. In addition, to address the
significant need for physicians in the Inland Empire, Dr. Reddy and the
Prime Healthcare Foundation have established one of our state’s
newest medical schools, the California University of Science and Medicine,
in Colton, CA, with a more than $60 million donation. The first MD class
of 62 new physicians graduated on May 21, and many of them will be serving
their residency and/or have pledged to practice in the Inland Empire.
“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.
For more information about the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation, please
contact Eddie Hernandez at EddieHernandez@primehealthcare.com.
About the 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.