My name is Gerryzze Ilan, daughter of Gerry Ilan who has been a member of Local 630 for 16 years! I am a recent graduate of Waipahu High School (WHS) and am the first in my family to be a valedictorian and achieve all honors. While in WHS, I engaged in numerous extra-curricular activities to stay involved with my campus. These activities include Student Council, Key Club, Health Occupations Students of America, my Academy of Health and Sciences’ Student Board of Directors, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Science Bowl, and Chamber Choir. In addition to that, I participated in our Early College Running-Start Program where I earned college credits. I gained many skills ranging from health, leadership, interpersonal, and laboratory research from my experiences. As a result, I aim to apply my accomplishments to my aspirations.

I am proud to announce that I will be attending Chapman University where I will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences. It is a great honor to receive the generous Patrick D. Finley Scholarship that will help fund the expenses of my higher education. I plan to get into medical school and become a dermatologist in the future.

Again, I am highly grateful for Local 630 and OPCMIA for giving me this opportunity and I will definitely be sure to use it to its full potential. Thank you for investing in my future and supporting me through my journey.