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."