Celebrating 48 Years
of Serving the Underserved

Flora R. Martinez Nursing Scholarship Application

This is not work to me, it’s my life.” ~ Flora R. Martinez

Flora R. Martinez

Flora R. Martinez came to the United States from Mexico in 1941. Seeking a better life for herself and her children, she worked for many years as a field worker and spoke limited English. It was during this time that she saw the importance of child care, housing and healthcare. She began helping women from migrant camps with interpretation and addressing their basic health care needs. Flora decided to focus on her education and learning English so she could be of more assistance to her community. In 1962, she became a U.S. Citizen.

A founder of Golden Valley Health Centers, Flora served on its Board of Directors for 43 years from 1971 until her passing in 2014. Through this leadership position, Flora

admired the work of nurses and recognized the critical role they play in the delivery of quality healthcare services.

We are proud to honor Flora’s legacy through this annual scholarship in hopes that those from the San Joaquin Valley will join the nursing workforce to carry on her core ideals: effectively promote access to healthcare for all people, advocate for Community Health Centers, and carry on meeting the direct healthcare needs of the under-served in our community.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Reside in the GVHC service area (see www.gvhc.org for locations of health centers)
  • Be enrolled in or accepted to an RN, LVN or BSN program
    (CNA, FNP not eligible)
  • Submit the application form by the deadline, including two letters of reference
  • Have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their most recently completed six semesters of high school and/or college
  • Sign the agreement at the end of the application

Fill out the Flora R. Martinez scholarship application telling us about yourself. Your information will be kept confidential and shared only with evaluators unless you give us permission to use your story to publicize the program and/or Golden Valley Health Centers.

Include two letters of reference with your application explaining why you would be an excellent candidate to receive this award. The letters must be no more than two pages in length and written by someone not related to you.

Applications will be accepted between March 1 – April 30, 2021. Awards will be announced by June 14. Five awards of $5,000 each will be distributed, on a one-time basis, directly to the school of enrollment. No applications submitted before or after these dates will be considered. Award recipients may re-apply once for ongoing support.

Make A Donation Today

Your gift, no matter the amount, enables us to provide primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services in Merced and Stanislaus Counties to families who are uninsured, underinsured or with limited means.

Golden Valley Health Centers Foundation is a nonprofit organization [501(c)3]. We rely on the financial contribution of individuals, foundations, businesses, and faith-based organizations to support our work.

Please join us in making a difference today!

Our Fundraising Purpose

While raising funds, we will also raise awareness of Golden Valley Health Centers, and celebrate the amazing work the doctors, nurses and administration staff provide to the community on a daily basis.

Golden Valley Health Center’s Foundation reaches out to the community to secure resources in support of our mission to provide quality primary health care services to those who need us most, regardless of the financial ability. As a not-for-profit foundation, we now turn to you our community, to ask you to join us as partners of caring for those who need us most. Help us to meet critical needs, increase patient engagement, implement new delivery models, improve chronic disease management, and provide true community benefit to those who need us most.

Golden Valley Health Centers has served the health care needs of our growing communities, creating partnerships to diagnose and treat disease, as well as enhance health and overall well-being of the underserved.

Philanthropy is driven by the power of collective action to create a lasting change in health care. Golden Valley Health Centers respond to critical medical needs in our communities and invites you to join us in doing so. Donations, charitable contributions and gifts help improve health services and enhance the quality of life of people in your family, your neighborhood and your community.

Be a part of this special night, where your collective generosity will help the people in our communities!

Golden Valley Health Center’s Foundation reaches out to the community to secure resources in support of our mission to provide quality primary health care services to those who need us most, regardless of the financial ability. As a not-for-profit foundation, we now turn to you our community, to ask you to join us as partners of caring for those who need us most. Help us to meet critical needs, increase patient engagement, implement new delivery models, improve chronic disease management, and provide true community benefit to those who need us most.

Golden Valley Health Centers has served the health care needs of our growing communities, creating partnerships to diagnose and treat disease, as well as enhance health and overall wellbeing of the underserved.

Philanthropy is driven by the power of collective action to create a lasting change in health care. Golden Valley Health Centers respond to critical medical needs in our communities and invites you to join us in doing so. Donations, charitable contributions and gifts help improve health services and enhance the quality of life of people in your family, your neighborhood and your community.

This is what making a difference looks like
While visiting with a school counselor, a parent shared the following story:

“I have six children and I really love Golden Valley’s Dental health center. A few days ago the dentist saw all of my children, and three of them had no cavities but three of them needed fillings. One of my sons was referred to another organization for follow up care because his needs are considered oral surgery and the health center here isn’t able to provide the service. During the visit I also saw the dentist and he fixed my tooth, I was scared they were going to have to pull it, but the dentist worked hard to keep it for me. A few years ago I lost a tooth and I was really scared I was going to have two spaces in my mouth, but lucky for me he saved the tooth! I can’t believe how lucky my family is to be patients at Golden Valley where we are able to get dental care we can afford. This makes it so much better for my family, we already have enough struggles with the issues that we have. My husband recently came back from being deployed in the military with severe PTSD, and my children and I have struggled on and off with medical and mental health issues. I am not sure what our family would do without Golden Valley, we can never thank the doctors, dentist and nurses enough for all they have given our family.”

We shared this with Cesar Clarin, DDS, who summed up the feelings of our providers best, “I feel touched with such comments. As I drive around the neighborhood, I see tremendous work ahead of us. People want to get back on their feet and for them it may start with a great smile and be able to eat again with no pain. I love where I work and I love what I do because it makes a real impact in people’s lives.”