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2017 Scholarship Contest
Application Period Closed

About the Scholarship

As the only local organization of its kind representing the health care, biotech and medical device industries through advertising, marketing, graphic design and public relations, HCC is proud to recognize success in the field of communications by presenting one or more students with a scholarship for their passion for health care.

In conjunction with AMN Healthcare, the title sponsor of the annual Finest Awards, high school seniors and college students currently enrolled in San Diego County schools who plan to enter the field of health care upon graduation are invited to submit an application for the opportunity to win a $2,000 scholarship, courtesy of AMN Healthcare. The winner(s) are also recognized at the annual Finest Awards event, alongside the health care industry's leading communications professionals.

For more information, please contact Heidi Everly, HCC scholarship chair, at hcc.scholarship@gmail.com.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare is the leader in healthcare staffing services for healthcare facilities across the United States. AMN Healthcare provides innovative healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services that help clients, clinicians and physicians deliver excellent, cost effective patient care.

How to Apply

  1. Write and submit an essay on the topic: “Why I Plan to Enter the Field of Health Care After College Graduation.”
  2. Entries must be no more than two typed, double-spaced, one-sided pages in length. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address and name of your school on the first page of your essay.
  3. A letter of recommendation must accompany each entry. The letter may be written by a teacher, principal, counselor or professional presently working in the health care field. Please limit the letter of recommendation to one page.
  4. An unofficial copy of your transcripts, or other record of classes taken and grades received, much also accompany each entry.

Qualified applicants must be high school seniors or college students presently enrolled, and in good standing, in a San Diego County school.

To be eligible to receive the scholarship prize, recipient must be able to attend the HCC Finest Awards event in the fall, or have a representative attend on their behalf. The 2017 event date will be posted soon. Should a winner be selected who is not able to attend the HCC Finest Awards event—and no one is able to attend on their behalf—they will forfeit the scholarship and a new recipient will be chosen.

Please email entries, including letter of recommendation and copy of transcripts, to: 

Heidi Everly, HCC Scholarship Chair: hcc.scholarship@gmail.com

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Past Scholarship Winners

Lauren Haneke-Hopps, 2016 AMN Healthcare/HCC Scholarship winner is a recent graduate from Patrick Henry High School who is now attending University of Alabama studying the field of Kinesiology and playing collegiate wheelchair tennis. As an adapted athlete, she has personally experienced what it feels like to receive much needed healthcare assistance. In her essay, Lauren shared, “Being in a wheelchair does not limit me; I hope to share with those that have been born with a disability or injured, that anything is possible to overcome and achieve any goal that is sent in their mind.” After four years of studying Kinesiology, she plans to become an occupational or physical therapist.

Steve When, Nagham Adeeb, Mariana Pereira

Nagham Adeeb, 2015 AMN Healthcare/HCC Scholarship winner is attending UC San Diego studying general biology. Nagham came to the United States from Iraq in 2008. She is a graduate of El Cajon Valley High School and says to believe in yourself because if a group of strangers believe in you and picked you for this scholarship to pick you can do it to."


Shay Ricketts, 2014 AMN Healthcare/HCC Scholarship winner is attending University of San Diego and last we heard was majoring in either Biophysics or Biology. Shay is a San Diego native. She attended Valhalla High School and was a competitive runner. According to an article in usdtoreros.com Shay was once named Second Team All-CIF, High School Student Athlete of the Year. Steve When and the team at AMN Healthcare scrubbed through hundreds of scholarships and found Shay's to be the most original and inspirational in 2014. We were happy to receive a video from Shay providing us a beautiful tour of her campus at USD as well as some helpful tips for the new college student. Shay told us in this video interview,  "Thank you again for awarding me the scholarship last year. It has made all the difference and has made USD economical feasible for me and my family." You can hear more in this short video clip Shay shared with us last year, which was presented at our 2015 Finest Awards celebration.

Pictured  (Steve Wehn, Nagham Adeeb, Mariana Pereira)

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