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Victoria Mendoza Perez Memorial Scholarship

Third Annual Awards – 2023

This scholarship was created in memory of Victoria Mendoza Perez for anyone pursuing a career in healthcare. Victoria battled breast cancer for 11 years and owed much of her success to the compassionate and holistic approach of her healthcare providers. During this time she participated in clinical trials to help improve treatment options for other patients. She immigrated to the United States from a small Indigenous village, Zoogocho, located in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Victoria worked as a housekeeper for most of her life until the effects of chemotherapy made it too difficult to work. She believed in the importance of giving back to one’s community and stressed the value of education. Although Victoria didn’t have the opportunity to pursue a formal education, she supported her daughters in the pursuit of their educational goals, her recurring motto being, “Don’t be like me, go to school so you can be better.” It is in this spirit that we award this scholarship to applicants who are pursuing a career in healthcare.

Complete the application and submit it no later than Monday, June 5, 2023, 11:59PM.


    • Must be a person with a bleeding disorder or must have an immediate family member with a bleeding disorder;
    • Must be accepted into an educational/vocational institution and able to provide proof of enrollment;
    • Must be a resident of, or have permanent address in, one of the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Kern, Inyo and Santa Barbara;
    • Priority given to first time applicants;
    • Priority given to applicants who are actively involved with HFSC.


  • Priority given to applicants who are actively involved with HFSC as a community member, participant, or volunteer.
  • Priority given to first-time applicants.
  • A perfect GPA or extensive extracurricular activities are not necessary for applicants to be considered for the scholarship as we acknowledge that living with a bleeding disorder can be challenging.

AWARD AMOUNT: $250 – $1000


Completed Application including:

  • Application form (signed)
  • Resume and/or list of current activities, clubs, honors, awards, volunteer work
  • Two letters of recommendation (teacher, guidance counselor, employer, etc.); please be sure to get updated recommendations for 2023
  • Transcript(s) (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Evidence of acceptance and/or enrollment at educational/vocational institution
  • Short Bio and Photo for use in HFSC newsletter and website if awarded scholarship


Application with all required materials must be submitted no later than June 5, 2023.

For questions, please email: laura@hemosocal.org, and put “Scholarship Question” in the subject line.