CQCH awards thousands in scholarships – SEE LIST


Four local healthcare students were awarded educational scholarships from the Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) Development Fund, presented on June 8.

Each student received a $2,500 scholarship in part of CQCH’s commitment to healthcare education for students.

The recipients were as follows.

Karla Avechuco is a 2015 Bisbee High School graduate, currently working to complete her general studies at Cochise College. She plans to attend Pima Community College to become a Radiology Tech.

Anthony Damiano graduated from Douglas High School in 2017. He is currently a student at Cochise College and will attend Pima Community College to study Radiology and ultrasound.

Ashley Gonzalez is a 2016 Douglas High School graduate and Certified Nursing Assistant. She is currently attending the University of Arizona to become a Doctor.

Anitza Lopez graduated from Douglas High School in 2017 and will attend the University of Arizona to become a Cardiologist. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.

“I am very thankful for being chosen as one of the recipients of the CQCH scholarship,” said Lopez. “This will contribute to my education in many ways but most importantly it will motivate me to make the hospital proud of my accomplishments.”

In addition to these scholarships, CQCH recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to five Cochise College nursing students, through The Brooks Family.

This scholarship program was initiated ten years ago and funded by a gift from Ted and Beth Brooks in recognition of what they described as the excellent nursing care they received while at CQCH.

The recipients were as follows.

Daylene McCauley, a Douglas native, is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree. She said she chose the nursing field because she likes helping others and has been interested in the medical field from a young age.

Mayra Nunez chose nursing after she was injured and saw how nurses have a positive impact caring for people that are in need, she said. Her inspiration towards achieving her goal was the loss of her daughter when she was only three and a half months old.

Kevin Valenzuela began his career in the healthcare field as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Medical Assistant.  His goal was to one day become a RN, he mentioned, and he is excited to have graduated in May. He will be utilizing the scholarship to pay for his RN Nclex exam.

Martha Van Driel was inspired by a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner when she chose the nursing field. After graduating as a Registered Nurse she plans on working in an emergency department and one day becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Finally, Katelyn Hawks is a native Arizonian who plans on working on a Med/Surg Unit after graduation. She aspires to one day pursue her Master’s in Nursing.

“As a local healthcare provider we want to support the efforts of those in our community who want to pursue careers in healthcare, which often are the most difficult positions to fill and offer graduates a greater opportunity for job placement,” said CQCH Chief Executive Officer Jim Dickson.


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