Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Awards Junior Volunteer Scholarships

Each year in June, the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honors its graduating Junior Volunteers as they finish their high school careers and prepare to take the next step into their futures.  On Friday June 12th, Auxiliary members, hospital leadership and some very proud parents gathered to honor several very special Junior Volunteers with scholarships in support of their continued education.

Maria Cavallo Scholarship Recipients

Awarded with the Maria Cavallo Scholarship for $1500 each were Tom Bartel, Tyler Castro, Mary Hajjar, and Esmeralda Saucedo.

Tom Bartel volunteered at the CMH front desk as a receptionist and a “flyer” for four years.  IN that time, he accumulated 294.5 hours of service, while also maintaining a 3.77 unweighted GPA at Foothill Technology High School (FTHS).  Tom was active in Foothill’s Bioscience Academy, received the Platinum Award for Community Service at FTHS and will graduate Summa Cum Laude.  In addition to his outstanding years of service, the attributes that make Tom a worthy recipient of the Maria Cavallo Scholarship are his strong work ethic, effective collaboration skills, and high level of personal integrity.  In the fall, Tom will attend UC Santa Barbara where he will major in biology in pursuit of a career as a physician’s assistant.


Like many of our Junior Volunteers, Tyler Castro’s time of service at CMH was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he was still able to accumulate 179 hours of service as a front desk receptionist and “flyer.”  Tyler effectively balanced his time as a volunteer with academics and sports at St. Bonaventure Hight School.  His school awards include four years of First Academic Honors, Bilingual Seal Bearer, and basketball Defensive Player of the Year.  Tyler has the unique ability to be both competitive and compassionate, attributes that will serve him well as he pursues a career in orthopedic surgery.  Tyler will attend UC San Diego in the fall.

Mary Hajjar volunteered in the Critical Care Unit at CMH for almost two years and accumulated 221 hours of service.  Mary maintained a 3.83 unweighted GPA at Buena High School while volunteering and working.  Mary’s volunteer activities extended beyond CMH to include the ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS, Ventura County Story Fest, and St. George’s Youth Organization.  Fluent in three languages, Mary is an effective communicator who is capable of overcoming challenges and wears her heart on her sleeve.  This fall, Mary will attend Ventura College where she will major in biology in preparation for her career as a hematologist.

Esmeralda Saucedo began her time as a Junior Volunteer at CMH when she was a freshman at Foothill Technology High School (FTHS).  She began at the front desk and eventually transferred to the Emergency Department where she broadened her experience.  During her four years volunteering at CMH, Esmeralda served a total of 366 hours!  Academics were also a top priority for Esmeralda.  At FTHS, she earned a 3.79 unweighted GPA, served four years in Renaissance, and was awarded AVID Student of the Quarter her senior year.  This highly-capable, determined, goal-oriented young lady will be the first in her family to attend a university.  She has been accepted to Cal Lutheran University where she will be a biology/pre-med major to prepare for her career as a general surgeon.


Audrey Woodburn Scholarship Recipient

Natalie Ortiz was awarded the Audrey Woodburn Scholarship for $2,000.  Natalie volunteered at CMH for three years, accumulating a total of 275 hours of service.  She began her time as a volunteer in the Maternity program, and after two years, she transitioned to the Emergency Department.  Natalie excelled academically at Foothill Technology High School (FTHS) where she earned a 3.75 unweighted GPA.  Natalie’s other activities included soccer, cross country, track & field, ASB and Senior Council.  She received the FTHS Platinum Volunteer Award, is a Bilingual Seal Bearer, and received the CFS Exceptional Achievement Award.  This vibrant, empathetic, tenacious young lady will start her journey toward becoming a Registered Nurse at Ventura College this fall.

Founded on a tradition of service, the CMH Auxiliary is an organization whose mission is to augment the programs and services of Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, a not-for-profit organization.  Auxiliary members are men, women and students from varied backgrounds who share a common interest in helping others and providing comfort and assistance to patients and their families.  Junior Volunteers are between the ages of 14 and 18.  CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a Junior Volunteer or an Auxiliary Member.