UCSF/HRSA Student Community Enhancement Scholarship

Whitney Kim Nhi Do is a third year undergraduate alumni at the University of California Merced, and has earned her Bachelors of Biological Sciences in Fall 2016. She has dedicated majority of her undergraduate years to serving and creating a safe environment for the women and children who have experienced human trafficking, domestic violence and domestic abuse. She is the president and co-founder of the P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Club (Providing and Reaching Out to Minorities In Service and Education), which is dedicated to empower, encourage, and give a voice to minorities, women, children, LGBTQ+, and men to stand up for their independence and break away from their abusers. Under her leadership the club has connected with the Valley Crisis Center and the C.A.R.E. Center to organize training programs such the Domestic Violence and Awareness Training Program, Valley Crisis volunteering program, and the Human Trafficking Training Program. Due to her commitment and dedication in serving the Central Valley, she was awarded with the UC Merced 2016 Social Justice Leadership award. Furthermore, as one of the first recipient of the UCSF/HRSA Student Community Enhancement Scholarship, her goal is to deliver quality health and oral care to infants, pediatric patients, and patients without MediCal or Insurance, and hopes to one day become a pediatric dental professional herself in order to serve the underrepresented minorities living in the Central Valley, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Liliana Murcia My name is Liliana Murcia and I am a pre-dental student from San Francisco State. I was born in Oakland but raised in Richmond CA. Like many of the friends I grew up with, I come from a hard working family that migrated from another country. My family background is the reason I am determined to give back to my community through my passion in dentistry. I just graduated with a B.A. in General Biology and am now taking more classes for dental school as well as studying for the DAT. I am also currently working at a dental office where I have gained a lot of experience in dental health care. I hope to use all the knowledge I am gaining from community and office experience, in my future career as a dentist so that I can help underserved communities like the one I come from.