Congratulations to Israel Hernandez-Arce ('06) for receiving the Bud Whipple Memorial
In January, 2006 Israel Hernandez-Arce was awarded the Bud Whipple Memorial Scholarship. Israel immigrated to the
United States from El Salvador and, after working to help his family throughout his teens, he eventually graduated from
UCLA. During college he became interested in Eastern thought and philosophy and social service. Israel said, "The
practice of meditation and community involvement provided me with a firm view of life."
After his undergraduate education Israel began working as a full-time volunteer in local community programs and with
fundraising for disaster relief. He later obtained his emergency medical technician certificate and became more
involved with free clinics.
His interest in medicine developed and he entered UCSD medical school where he
continued to show his commitment for caring for the underserved.
Dr. Ellen Beck, Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic Project, reports that Israel became one of the student managers
of the Downtown Student Free Clinic and worked every Monday evening, helping to manage the clinical services for the
underserved. Israel's values of hard work, education and a commitment to serving others grew out of the trials and
tribulations he faced during his childhood in El Salvador. One alumnus who voted this year for the scholarship
remarked, "After reading the stories of the nominees, I was touched by their struggles and aspirations. They reminded
me of why I went into medicine, and the youthful idealism, that is easy to forget, as I get older." "Thank you for the
opportunity to assist in the selection of this scholarship. Bud was truly one of the most unique and genuine persons
that I have ever encountered."
We congratulate Israel on this well-deserved honor!