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2023 Scholarship Recipients Announced!We extend our sincerest congratulations to these two exemplary students who have garnered a 2023 Dr. Ethan R. Sellers Memorial Scholarship for $3,000 each. We wish them every possible success as they as they continue their studies in pursuit of a career in the health care field.
2023 Scholarship Recipients: Please use this link to download, complete and submit the Student Enrollment Verification Form to SCF.
2023 Scholarship Eligibility Criteria - quick overview
Ethan's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Lauri) Sellers made the inaugural scholarship presentation to Ms. Pena.
Congratulations to Miss Elizabeth Pena! She is currently attending Touro University California and pursuing two degrees: a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Master in Public Health. Miss Pena is the first recipient to receive this $5,000 scholarship, awarded in memory of Dr. Ethan R. Sellers. We all wish Elizabeth every possible success in all her future endeavors!
Dr. Ethan Ross Sellers passed away on July 4, 2019. The Dr. Ethan R. Sellers Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor his memory by awarding scholarships to deserving students in Dr. Sellers' name.
Dr. Sellers was a 2016 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He then attended the Family Medicine Residency program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Vallejo and graduated in June 2019. Ethan was to continue his education with a Palliative Care Fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center. During both Medical School and Residency, Dr. Sellers was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Ethan loved life and lived it to its fullest. His hearts' desire was to serve others, and although his time in medicine was brief, he touched many lives, bringing his warmth, compassion and kindness to all. He had a passion for writing and participated in literary circles and had published several of his pieces. He was an avid outdoorsman and was equally thrilled by climbing a mountain or strolling on a beach. More than anything he loved people - making connections, helping anyone he could, sharing his enthusiasm for life.
"Dr. Sellers was a wonderfully humanistic person; an outstanding physician who really took the time to get to know his patients,” said Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center Family Residency Program Director Dr. Ted O’Connell. “He was a gifted physician and would have been a brilliant palliative care physician. Ethan had a infectious personality; a love for life, and he really cared about the community around him. The world lost a wonderful spirit; a gifted physician who was just beginning his career."
Dr. Sellers enjoyed writing and was often inspried by the places he visited, people he met and experiences he encountered. Click this link to read/download a poem entitled A Home Within the Chestthat Ethan wrote during a medical outreach trip to Honduras. Dr. Sellers treated the patient he writes about, while practicing medicine in a rural mountainside mobile clinic. He was both moved by the openness and trust of the people and frustrated by the lack of resources avalable for the village.
Photos shown below below: Ethan on the NorCal Coast; Ethan's Kaiser Permanente Vallejo photo; Ethan and partner Van in Iceland; Ethan and brother Jordan at Jordan's college graduation; Ethan and parents in Key West; Ethan's family in Philadelphia on Mother's Day 2019.