Congratulations to the 16th Annual HCC & AMN HealthcareScholarship Essay Contest winner, Oberlyn Gambito.

Oberlyn Gambito recently graduated from Sweetwater High School. She will be attending the University of California San Diego this coming fall and major in Molecular and Cell Biology. Migrating to the United States was a major turning point of her life because she had to adapt to a whole new culture that was substantially different from the culture she was accustomed to. For instance, the English language placed her in massive struggle. Initially, she struggled to do well in school due to her inability to understand and speak English fluently. But, she persevered to advance her ability to speak the English language by reading books and taking ELD class. Consequently, she was able to maintain her spot on the Principal’s Honor Roll and graduated high school with a GPA of 4.42. Overcoming this language barrier further encouraged Oberlyn to keep achieving highly in her academics and pursue her dream of becoming a Pediatrician. To gain experience in the medical setting, she joined the Health Academy Program at her high school. In addition to taking medical related classes, she was given the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program at Scripps Mercy Hospital where she worked closely with doctors in different departments. Determined to further her experience, Oberlyn is actively looking for more medical related volunteer opportunities in order to acquire more knowledge about the field she sees herself in the future.

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.

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Contest Guidelines

  • Write and submit an essay on the topic: “Why I Plan to Enter the Field of Health Care After College Graduation.”
  • 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 with your entry.
  • A letter of recommendation must accompany each entry. The letter may be written by a teacher, principal, counselor or professional presently working in the healthcare field. Please limit the letter of recommendation to one page.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts, or other record of classes taken and grades received, must 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.
  • All entries must be received for judging between April 1st and June 30th, 2019.

For more information or to submit your application,  email us at

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.

Past Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 15th Annual HCC & AMN Healthcare Scholarship Essay Contest winner, Tanner Curnow.

Tanner graduated from Fallbrook Union High School. He will be attending California Baptist University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Tanner interned at Palomar Hospital, and said he knew he wanted to become a nurse after caring for a hospice patient who lived for six months and passed away in my home during my junior year of high school. Currently, Tanner is working night shifts as an Emergency Room Technician at Paradise Valley Hospital as well as a second year California State Beach Lifeguard.

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