Dr. Richard Merkin, President And CEO Of Heritage Provider Network, Endows The Merkin Honors Scholars Program At Cal State University, Los Angeles, With Additional Funds For New Scholars

Gift will support Eight Honors Students by 2018

Mar 07, 2016, 08:00 ET from Heritage Provider Network

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of Heritage Provider Network, has pledged additional funds to the already established Merkin Honors Scholars Program at Cal State University, Los Angeles, to provide scholarships covering the cost of tuition and fees for two additional freshman each year between 2015 and 2018. The scholarships will provide the freshman full four year opportunities to complete their undergraduate studies.

"Encouraging and supporting young people to reach their peak educational potential is one of my top priorities," said Dr. Richard Merkin. "Nothing is more important than providing talented young students the educational tools to equip them to solve the critically important global problems we find before us. It is my honor and privilege to contribute these additional scholarships to these deserving young people at Cal State LA as they study ways to change our world."

The Merkin Honors Scholars program will provide full four year scholarship funding for two new freshmen each year for 2016, 2017 and 2018, when the program will support eight honors students.

"With these additional scholarships Dr. Merkin further demonstrates his commitment to the education of tomorrow's leaders," said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. "Our students and our University will make the most of this wonderful opportunity. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Merkin." 

The Merkin Honors Scholars Program was created in 2010 to help recruit and support talented students for the Honors College. The Honors College builds on several distinguishing features of Cal State LA: it boasts an international reputation of preparing underrepresented students for research careers in STEM research careers; it is home to the only Early Entrance Program in the nation that fully matriculates a cohort of highly gifted students as young as 11 years of age; and it is highly ranked for its record of contributing to the public good in three areas: social mobility, research, and service.  The mission of the Honors College is to graduate students whose ability to think, research and communicate critically and creatively across disciplines will make them multi-cultural leaders in their fields.

Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is on the cutting edge of the accountable care model of healthcare delivery: coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that represent the future of health care in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in California, New York and Arizona providing high quality, cost effective healthcare to over one million individuals and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first. (www.heritageprovidernetwork.com)


California State University, Los Angeles is the premier public comprehensive university in the heart of Los Angeles. The University is part of the 23-campus California State University system, which is the largest public university system in the nation. Cal State LA promotes academic excellence, achievement, leadership and well-being to more than 28,600 students. The student population reflects the rich diversity of the Los Angeles region. The majority of students—23,440—are undergraduates who are taking courses in more than 60 majors, often in small classes where instructors know them by name. The University has eight colleges that are recognized for outstanding programs and professors who are accomplished mentors and researchers. Cal State LA strives to provide a small-campus feel at a public university in a global city.


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