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Marian Regional Medical Center Announces Recipients of the Volunteen College Scholarship Awards

The Volunteen Scholarship Awards provided $7,000 in scholarships for local, college-bound volunteers

SANTA MARIA, CA – June 28, 2017 – Marian Regional Medical Center  (MRMC) is honored to announce the recipients of the Volunteen College Scholarship Awards.  A total of 17 Volunteens applied and four individuals were awarded scholarships.

The Volunteen Scholarship awards are attributed to Sister Regine Donner, who has mentored thousands of young teens and helped shape them into responsible young adults, in both the academic and professional worlds. Many teens have even become successful in the medical field, inspired by experiences they have had here as a part of the Volunteen Program.

Matthew Vitty from St. Joseph High School was chosen for the Marie Murry Scholarship Matthew and contributed 454 hours of Volunteer time.  He ranked second in his class of 90 and has a grade point average of 4.3. He's been accepted to John Hopkins University and will be studying Neuroscience and International Studies. ($2,500)

Alyssa Scannelli is a Pioneer Valley High School graduate who has accumulated 759 service hours (The most service hours for a volunteen). She has 3.2 grade point average and will be attending Grand Canyon University for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. ($2,000)

Serena Guentz from Orcutt Academy High School had dedicated 590 service hours to the Volunteen program. Serena graduated with a 4.2 grade point average and it will be studying Radiology Technology at Allan Hancock College. ($1,500)

Stephanie Tinoco is a graduate of Pioneer Valley High School and has provided for 441 service hours to the Volunteen program. She graduated with a 3.0 grade point average will be attending Sacramento State University majoring in Gerontology.  ($1,000).

The Marian Regional Medical Center Volunteen program is for current high school students or those entering high school in the fall of 2017 and those who are at least 14 years old.  The Volunteens have the opportunity to join a team of people dedicated to high-quality patient care. Employees and volunteers at Marian are committed to providing services to patients in a caring and respectful manner. We honor the individual worth and dignity of each patient and their family members. 

To find out more about Marian Regional Medical Center’s Volunteen Program, call (805) 739-3520 or visit our website:


About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. 

Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast. The need to meet the demand for quality, technologicallyadvanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012. 

The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.  

Publish date: 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017