Holtville man to be honored for founding scholarship

November 10, 2001

A Holtville resident who has established a perpetual nursing scholarship at Imperial Valley College will receive El Centro Regional Medical Center's community service award at the meeting of the hospital board of trustees Wednesday.

Board President Pat Miller will make the presentation to Philip Ricker, a 1973 IVC graduate, who has donated $50,000 to the IVC Foundation, the annual interest from which will be designated for at least three nursing scholarships of about $800 each.

Miller added $2,500 to his donation to get the scholarship program off the ground this year. The fund, assuming an annual interest rate of 5 percent, will generate about $2,500 a year in interest. The principal is not to be used for any other purpose.

Miller, a heart patient who has survived major surgery, has experienced the importance of nurses first hand, said his gift is "a way I can repay them for what they have done for me."


The Philip R. Ricker Scholarship trust is aimed particularly at encouraging more local residents to become nurses and in this way help solve the critical shortage of nurses in the Imperial Valley.

Scholarships will be awarded in three categories: Students seeking registered nursing certification, those seeking vocational nursing certification and vocational nurses seeking full registered nursing certification.

Ricker is a Holtville native who returned in 1993 upon retiring after 31 years with the Pacific Bell Telephone Co.

David B. Selman, El Centro Regional chief executive officer of the hospital, said in establishing the community service award that "we feel a community hospital as a representative of the city is the ideal agency to officially recognize such outstanding efforts, particularly when they involve or are aimed at saving lives."

He said the awards will be made whenever incidents arise that merit recognition.

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