Sutter Health Awards Nursing Scholarship

Ronimar Jessicacris "Jessica" Panugaling

College sophomore Ronimar Jessicacris “Jessica” Panugaling is all too familiar with increasing tuition fees, which are making her dream of becoming a nurse very costly. So when she received a $1,000 scholarship from Sutter Health, Jessica was very thankful for the support to achieve her goal.

“Every year I am faced with having to come up with extra money for tuition or books, so it can be pretty stressful” says Jessica. “The Sutter Health scholarship will help me tremendously, and I am so grateful that Sutter Health is investing in our future.”

A long-time Antioch resident, Jessica is one of 11 students to receive a Sutter scholarship in the Sutter Health East Bay Region. All scholarship recipients have parents or grandparents employed by our Sutter Health affiliates.

“My mother, Teresa-Maria, has worked in the Dietary Department for Sutter Delta Medical Center for the past nine years,” says Jessica. “Through the years, I’ve realized how critical her job is to making sure patients receive a healthy meal, so they can get better and back on their feet.”

Exposed to the health care industry at an early age, Jessica decided she wanted to pursue a nursing career.
“I feel a calling to help people,” adds Jessica. “Over this past summer, I achieved my certified nursing assistant certificate. So I am really excited to keep reaching my goal and grateful to Sutter Health for helping me do so.”

Since its inception in 2003, the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars Program has awarded more than 3,700 scholarships totaling over $5.5 million to Northern California students. Named in honor of former Sutter Health CEO Van R. Johnson, the Sutter Scholars Program is a competitive opportunity available to the children and grandchildren of employees within the Sutter Health network.

“We are very proud of Jessica and wish her the best in pursuit of her career,” says CEO Gary Rapaport. “We are also pleased and proud that Sutter Health and Sutter Delta Medical Center are able to offer this support for our employees and their families.”

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