Western University of Health Sciences has awarded eight entering students

with recruitment scholarships of $2,500 each.

Selected by the admissions committees from the university’s colleges of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

(COMP), Allied Health

Professions, Graduate

Nursing and Pharmacy, two

scholarship recipients were recognized from each of the academic programs

for exceptional academic achievement and community involvement.

“”We have wanted scholarships for incoming students to become a reality for

some time now,”” said Katz. “”Knowing that the university is attracting

these caliber of students is a major tribute to the institution. In the

future, we are hoping to increase the number of recipients and the amounts

with which we award them.””

Funding for the awards was made possible thanks to four major donors: Dr.

Maria Markarian, Alice Craswell Bartlett and the Daughters of the American

Revolution (DAR), The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and a portion of

the proceeds from the university’s annual “”A Tribute to Caring”” gala


Lisette Breto, a first-year pharmacy student, was one of four recipients

to receive the Alice Bartlett Craswell/DAR Scholarship. Awards for

physician assistant student Amy Gouley, COMP student Adriana Navas and

advanced practice nursing student Melodee Badley were also funded by


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation funded scholarships for pharmacy

student Joshua Moss and physician assistant student Luis Suarez. Dr. Maria

Markarian funded the award for COMP student Jason Lovell in honor of her

aunt, Dr. Marguerite Markarian. Richard Staggs, advanced practice nursing

student, received his scholarship on behalf of the university’s “”Tribute””


“”The university has made it a top priority to increase scholarship giving

along with the continual growth of the school,”” said Matthew Katz,

assistant vice-president for Advancement and Sponsored Programs at the