Southern California University of Health Sciences


Welcome to SCU’s brand new monthly newsletter! This year we will be sending these regular updates packed with on- and off-campus news to all of our alumni. We will be featuring our programs and notable graduates, and we are sure you will all find something to enjoy. If you have a story that you’d like to share with the alumni community, feel free to contact us.


Dr. Donna Winges and Dr. Jeremy Summer (April 2011 CAOM Grads) were recently awarded full scholarships from the Chinese government for the Doctoral Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. SCU is proud to be the only Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine University in California that is officially recognized by the Chinese Department of Education as an institute of higher education. Dr. Winges and Dr. Summer, who began their studies at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in September 2011, are the only two California recipients of these prestigious scholarships. Best wishes to them both!


SCU was awarded a $77,814 federal grant to support the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. We were one of 37 institutions chosen to receive this funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services. We awarded four scholarships for the Spring 2012 semester, and are pleased to welcome these very deserving students. The purpose of SDS program is to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by awarding scholarships to financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of these students are from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, and their entrance into a career as health professionals will help to diversify the health workforce, thus ensuring culturally effective care and a reduction of health disparities.


At SCU, we recognize the importance of aiding students from disadvantaged and minority communities, and have established scholarships solely for students of those demographics. We have awarded four scholarships for the fiscal year of 2009-2010 and anticipate awarding 12 to 15 in 2010-2011. Additionally, we recognize students for exemplary accomplishments in their undergraduate studies prior to enrollment at SCU. Therefore, scholarships are also offered to students that demonstrate high academic standards and/or financial need. Our current scholarships that are specific to underserved students include:

Dr. Charles L. Cooke Scholarship: The Dr. Charles L. Cooke scholarship is available to students that are entering the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Qualified students must be of African-American origin with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in their undergraduate studies. Applicants for the scholarship must write an essay on a topic that discusses ways to further the recognition and acceptance of chiropractic medicine within the African-American community.

Dr. Gertrude Dunsworth Scholarship: The Dunsworth Scholarship was created to assist students matriculating into the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic from Native American, African American or Latin American descent. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all undergraduate courses prior to enrollment at SCU, and must also complete an application.

Specific community outreach is targeted for underserved Latina/Latino students in the Inland Empire. SCU staff and administrators are proud to offer their services as mentors to the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund student recipients. The President, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs and the Admission’s Director and selected admission’s counselors have all participated in some capacity with IESF and their students. The SCU admission’s office also hosts specific events to support this scholarship.

Since its founding 12 years ago, the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships to more than 750 Hispanic students in Riverside and San Bernardino. This extraordinary accomplishment is thanks to the vision and tireless volunteer effort put forth by Dr. Manuela Granado Sosa, a retired dentist, and her husband Espartago (Randy) Sosa. Dr. Sosa will bring prospective students to our campus to introduce them to SCU and the programs we offer.



Look for upcoming seminars covering the topics of power of attorney and taxes. We are now offering complimentary, confidential estate and tax services. For more information, contact Julie Heggeness, JD, CSPG at or (562) 902-3327.

 Upcoming Events

January 12, 2012 - White Coat Ceremony - SCU Campus PAC 5:00 p.m.

January 13, 2012 - Casino Night - SCU Campus Gym 5:00 p.m.

January 19, 2012 - Parker Seminars Alumni Cocktail Party - 5:00 to 7:00 Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly Las Vegas Hilton)

February 4, 2012 - Chinese New Year - SCU Campus - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


March 8, 2012, July 24, 2012, October 4, 2012 - look for more info soon!

SCU Extravaganza - October 19-21, 2012 - Anaheim, California



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