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DOWNEY - Downey resident Marizabel Orellana was among 15 California students - and more than 200 students nationwide - to receive a scholarship from United Health Foundation to pursue a career in healthcare.
Orellana is studying medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her scholarship is worth $5,000.
United Health Foundation is awarding more than $1.2 million in scholarships this year to more than 200 students "from diverse, multicultural backgrounds," officials said.
The scholarship program hopes to build a more diverse healthcare workforce.
"We know patients do best when they are treated by people who understand their language and culture," said Kate Rubin, president of United Health Foundation.
Published: July 19, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 14