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Kaiser Permanente Awards $10,000 in Scholarships through the Cerritos College Foundation

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Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878 

Jim Branchick and scholarship recipientsNORWALK, Calif. – December 8, 2016 – The Cerritos College Foundation recently awarded five students with scholarships funded through a grant provided by Kaiser Permanente.

Each $2,000 scholarship is part of a larger $20,000 grant presented by Kaiser Permanente to the Cerritos College Foundation in 2015. The purpose of the grant was to recognize students studying the health occupations areas of nursing, pharmacy technology, and mental health worker.

The Kaiser Permanente Nursing Scholarship was presented to first-year nursing student Marjorie Di Puglia of Los Angeles, and second-year nursing student Hong Vo of South El Monte. Allison Venida-Luc of Norwalk and Jeremy Castillo of Cerritos were each awarded the Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Technology Scholarship, while Susan Garcia of Long Beach received the Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Worker Scholarship.

“Kaiser Permanente is proud to partner with the Cerritos College Foundation and recognize the hard work and dedication of these students and it warms my heart to be able to hand out these scholarships,” said Jim Branchick, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Kaiser Permanente Downey Service Area. “The medical field is in continual need of kind, compassionate, and competent professionals and we have the utmost confidence in the future success and contributions of each recipient to their fields.”

The Foundation will be awarding the remaining grant amount in the Spring of 2017. Eligible students enrolled at Cerritos College may apply online at beginning January 1, 2017.


About the Cerritos College Foundation: The Cerritos College Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves as a charitable vehicle for the community, individuals and alumni, to assist with financial support of Cerritos College. Visit the Foundation online at

About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at


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