SynCardia 2014 Engineering Scholarship for Women Awarded to University of Arizona Junior Justine Bacchus

The Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship honors a late SynCardia employee by supporting women in pursuit of engineering degrees.

Michael P. Garippa, SynCardia CEO and President, awards the Anna Salazar Memorial Scholarship to Justine Bacchus, who is a biomedical engineering junior at the University of Arizona. The late Anna Salazar was a senior quality engineer at SynCardia.
 SynCardia Systems, Inc., has awarded its Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship to University of Arizona junior Justine Bacchus, who is pursuing her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.

SynCardia implemented the scholarship to support University of Arizona female engineering students working to make a significant contribution to society. It honors the late Anna Salazar, who joined SynCardia in 2012 and made a lasting mark on the company as a senior quality engineer.

Learn more about SynCardia scholarship details and application instructions

“We hope that the scholarship will allow outstanding women engineering students to reach their academic and professional goals and, like Anna, contribute to society in astounding ways,” says SynCardia CEO and President Michael P. Garippa.

Justine Bacchus says she will use the $5,000 award to pay for tuition and books.

“I knew I wanted to do something medical,” she says, “but I didn’t want to be a doctor.”

Bacchus believes gaining engineering knowledge will help her in her goal to become a genetic counselor.

“I want to help patients directly,” she says. “The counseling part is attractive. I like teaching people about what their genes mean to their health.”

Information on the next round of applications for the scholarship is available by sending an email to or going to the UA’s Scholarship Universe website.


Don Isaacs
+1 (520) 955-0660
SynCardia Systems, Inc.

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