Just by looking at him, Phillip Ricker seems every inch an ordinary man.
However, with his latest gift of $52,000 to establish emergency medical technician and paramedic scholarships at Imperial Valley College, Ricker will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of some IVC students.
Ricker already donated $52,500 in September to establish a perpetual scholarship fund for IVC's nursing program. As he was looking to donate more money to the college, Ricker said he learned about the school's EMT and paramedic program. Ricker said Kathy Berry, IVC director of nursing education and health technology, explained that because of the program's expenses, some students have to drop out.
Ricker presented his latest donation to the Imperial College Foundation on Monday in front of El Centro Regional Medical Center. Among the guests on hand were the first three recipients of the nursing scholarships Ricker established in September.