UCSD School of Medicine
Israel Hernandez-Arce

In 1979, just as he was to enter his third year of medical school, Bud Whipple passed away very unexpectedly from Marfan's Syndrome. Ten years later, the Class of 1981 established a scholarship in his name. A selection committee each year looks for a student who, like Bud, has earned the respect of his classmates and faculty after experiencing adversity in his or her life and who has demonstrated an unselfish commitment to others.

Israel Hernandez-Arce
Congratulations to Israel Hernandez-Arce ('06) for receiving the Bud Whipple Memorial Scholarship

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!

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