2021 INSPIRE Awardees

2021 INSPIRE Awardees

All In For Nurses- Powered by the Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation

In 2021, MCHFoundation awarded $6,000 to support four coastal high school seniors to follow the dream of attending college, for careers in healthcare, with a future supporting health and wellness here on the coast.

Read about last year’s awardees! MCHFoundation continues to offer support along with our community to ensure success.

Gabrielle Vicars

Gabrielle has known that she wanted to be a nurse since she was five years old. The last year has only deepened her resolve, with Gabrielle becoming the primary caretaker for her grandmother during the pandemic. She is more confident than ever about her decision to become a pediatric nurse. She will be completing her prerequisites at Mendocino College while working at Sherwood Oaks and participating in their CNA Class.

Julissa Perez

Julissa is passionate about working with youth and assisting them in attaining their goals. She will be attending Sacramento State, working towards a degree in Clinical Psychology. She is incredibly proud to be a first-generation college student and grateful for the support of her mother and the guidance of advisors and mentors who played a pivotal role in her academic success and continuing education.

Elizabeth Flores-Diaz

As a lifelong resident of Fort Bragg, Elizabeth is immensely appreciative to be from a small town. From assistance with travel on swim team trips to filling out college applications, Elizabeth has felt the support of her community. She is proud to be a first-generation college student and be a role model for her two younger sisters as she pursues Optometry at UC Davis. Her first year will be virtual, allowing her to work for a local optometrist, gaining experience, and working towards the long-term goal of having her practice in Fort Bragg.

Finnian Schaner

Finnian will be following a passion in science to UC Santa Barbara. While Finnian is deciding between a career as a doctor or a virologist, he knows that he will find a way to help people. Having spent his entire life on the coast, Finnian will miss the sense of community. He has always appreciated the feeling of being able to walk down the street and run into friends and neighbors—and most importantly, the recognition that adults care about youth and their future.

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