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