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Respiratory Therapy student wins CA scholarship

July 2, 2013

SJVC Student Dario Bobadillo

Less than 3-months away from graduating from Rancho Cordova’s RT program, Dario Bobadilla manages to maintain a 3.36 GPA while volunteering for and supporting such community organizations and events as The American Lung Association, Cystic Fibrosis foundation, Down Syndrome Information Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, various health walks and health fairs and the YMCA.

Dario’s program externship puts him in front of patients every week, many suffering from the effects of cardio-pulmonary disease. His desire to make his life’s work helping others breathe a little easier combined with his involvement in the community made him an ideal choice for the Society of Respiratory Care’s Breathe California Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is an award that recognizes the recipient’s leadership qualities, advocacy for clean air and promotion of public health in local communities. Rancho Cordova Campus Dean of Student Services, Amy Bianco, helped Dario complete his scholarship application and was among the first to hear the good news. “I was excited when I found out that Dario was the recipient of this scholarship,” says Bianco. “He is a very dedicated student and this award is well deserved! Dario shows great passion for his chosen field and will be an amazing Respiratory Therapist!”

Dario traveled to San Diego on May 7th to receive his Breathe California Scholarship award. Dario’s wife Danielle and their children Jasmine, Trinity and Noah were so proud of his accomplishment. “There are two things you can control in life, your attitude and your effort; and this scholarship was a perfect example of that,” says Dario.

Three-year old Noah was born with Down Syndrome and a hole in his heart.

“Noah gave me the passion to be in the medical field in a way that allows me to understand and be a part of his world,” says Dario.

The Society of Respiratory Care’s scholarship will be an impressive addition to Dario’s resume and further boost his desirability to prospective employers.