The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary awarded a $3,000 scholarship to each of seven students, a total of $21,000, during its annual “Thank You Picnic Lunch” at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum on April 23.
Scholarships are awarded each year to Santa Ynez Valley students who have been accepted for higher education in, or are currently studying in, health or medical-related careers.
Scholarships were selected by a committee of auxiliary members co-chaired this year by Martha Nedegaard and Jacky Green, along with members Barbara Breza, Brenda Loskamp, Susan Snekvik and April Vossler.
Funds for five of the scholarships came from the proceeds of the auxiliary’s New to You thrift shop in downtown Solvang. The sixth award came from the Ann Bertero Scholarship Fund administered by the SYVCH Foundation.
The seventh scholarship came from the Jean Pack Scholarship Fund established through the SYVCH Foundation.
This year’s scholarship winners are:
Hannah Albrecht: A senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Hannah attended the luncheon with her parents, Terry and Laura Albrecht. She will be attending Cal State Northridge to pursue a major in psychology with a focus on neuroscience.
Miari Costarelli: Upon graduating in May from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Miari will be attending Occidental College in Los Angeles to pursue a major in cognitive science. She attended the luncheon with her mother, Kiran Mariwalla.
Christine Dettelis: A senior at Dunn School, Christine was accompanied to the luncheon with her mother, Michelle Dettelis, and academic advisor Barbara Haig. Christine will attend UCLA to major in neuroscience.
Anna Foley: After graduating from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in May, Anna will attend UCSB to pursue a major in bio-psychology, which focuses on the biological and psychological factors affecting behavior.
Isabella Hartley: A senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Isabella will attend the University of San Francisco Honors College with a double major in psychology and biology. She was joined at the luncheon by her mother, Dana Di Croce.
Emily King: Emily is a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and will be attending Santa Barbara City College in the fall. She plans to major in biology with a career goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. She attended the luncheon with her parents, Doug and Kristi King.
Benjamin Blacker: Benjamin, a senior at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, attended the luncheon with his parents Jeremy and Lyndsey Blacker. He will attend San Diego State University and will major in bioengineering to prepare for medical school.
To get more information or join the auxiliary, contact Martine Surey at 805-686-3971 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cottagehealth.org/santa-ynez-valley-cottage-hospital/volunteer.