Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County and the Pacific Redwood Medical Group have generously donated $20,000 and $5,000 respectively to support nursing graduates in obtaining advanced education in the medical field.

Four Mendocino College graduates recently received a scholarship for $5,000 each to pursue their bachelors of nursing degree. “All four students have been accepted into an accredited bachelor’s program and intend on coming back to work in Lake and Mendocino counties,” stated Viki Chadrue, Director of the Nursing Program.
Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County (FMEMC) partnered with the Mendocino College Foundation to provide the venue and support for the enormously successful Rural Health Rocks concert featuring Michael McDonald held on April 9 at Mendocino College. The concert proceeds provided $20,000 in support to the college’s nursing program.

“FMEMC’s mission is to support a family medicine residency program which will train our own rural Family Medicine Physicians, by fostering community connections. Partnering with the college’s nursing program made perfect sense because good healthcare requires physicians and nurses. Along with the shortage of family physicians, there is a shortage of highly trained nurses and family nurse practitioners nationwide. The College Foundation applied the same concept as the residency program – which is to simply grow our own highly trained and skilled nurses right here at home,” stated Mary Anne Landis, Rural Health Rocks Coordinator and FMEMC Board Member.

The recipients of these scholarships are Katherine Bishop and Sarah Claybon who have both accepted positions with Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital and will begin the FNP program at Sonoma State University. Holly O’Neill will be pursuing her education at Sonoma State University to obtain a masters degree in nursing, and Joshua Smith has accepted a fellowship at Ukiah Valley Medical Center and will be attending Chico State University.

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any of their programs, call them at 707-467-1018 or visit

(Pictured: Mary Anne Landis and Rural Health Rocks committee member and performer Alex de Grassi with the four scholarship recipients)


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