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Congratulations to Mariposa Community Health Center’s 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

Nogales High School graduates, Cheyenne Garcia and Ricardo Lira, Jr., are the winners of the 2015 Mariposa Community Health Center scholarships.  The two students were selected by the MCHC Board of Directors from numerous Santa Cruz County applicants.  Both Cheyenne and Ricardo will receive $2,500 for two years for a total of $5,000 each toward their education.

Cheyenne Garcia has been accepted to the University of Arizona.  She is a member of FBLA, JSA, Student Council, Key Club, Honors Club, and Science Club, as well as the NHS varsity soccer, volleyball and track teams.  Cheyenne additionally dedicates a significant amount of time to volunteering at Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital and the Humane Society.  Her passion for science has led her to major in neuroscience and cognitive studies.  Cheyenne aspires to use her future education and knowledge to provide assistance to the less fortunate in developing countries.

Ricardo Lira, Jr. has been accepted to the University of Arizona.  He is President of the Chess Club, a Student Representative in the Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Club, member of Honors Club and Key Club. In addition, he dedicates numerous hours volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club. With his desire to help others combined with his passion for chemistry, Ricardo has chosen to major in biochemistry and pursue a career as a pharmaceutical scientist.

Mariposa congratulates both of these exemplary graduates as they embark on their studies and pursuit of a career in the health care profession.  MCHC initiated the scholarship in 1992 to assist students who choose to pursue a career in health care.

In 1992, Mariposa Community Health Center initiated a scholarship program to assist students pursuing a career in health care.  Each year, MCHC’s Board of Directors selects two students to be awarded the scholarship of $1,250 each semester for two years for a total of $5,000. Students must have satisfactory completion of their first semester to be eligible for the subsequent awards.


  • Must be a resident of Santa Cruz County
  • Planning to attend a technical school or a four year university in the pursuit of a health care career
  • Complete an essay on “why I want to pursue a career in health care”
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copy of tax return
  • Copy of transcripts

In early spring, students may obtain a scholarship application from their Senior Counselor’s office or the Mariposa Administration Office at 1852 N. Mastick Way.  For more information, please contact MCHC’s Human Resource Department at (520) 281-1550.




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