2018 Summer Student Program

1st Place Winner Tie
Malika Haji, 16
Zoe Levit, 17
Acalanes High School
1st Place Winner Tie
Kristi Leung, 16
California High School
2nd Place Winner
Nicholas Fung, 17
Lowell High School
3rd Place Winner
Tanvi Thummala, 16
Dougherty Valley High School
H.E.A.R.T.S. Award:
Honoring the Exceptional And Random Treasured Service of Maysem Awadalla! This program is one way for staff, patients, and visitors of UCSF Health to acknowledge volunteers who have performed a service, or helped in a way, which deserves recognition.

Reflections Contest: "What do UC?"

We are fortunate, once again, to be a recipient of a donation from The Bengier Family Foundation. Dedicated to helping hard-working, young people “enlarge their expectations of what they can accomplish in life.” We often hear from our volunteers how much they have learned and how much their experiences have meant to them. The Summer Reflections Contest was an opportunity for the students to use their individual creativity and talents to share their experience with others.


Small acts of kindness do make a difference...Seen in the response of the recipient who thanks me due to its' significance.

Victoria Koffi

No matter how many unfamiliar faces I saw in patients’ rooms or in the hallways, elevators, or lobbies, by the end of each day, I was filled with joy and a sense of warmth knowing I had made a difference to at least one person.

Tiffany Chang






It is amazing how simply putting a smile on one’s face can create millions of smiles to others!

Andre Miguel Ouano


Kindness is a language that transcends all languages.

Bronson Sansoni

In spite of all the pain and frustration, and the uncertainty and anxiety that patients experience, a courageous amount of optimism radiates throughout UCSF-a lot of which arises from volunteer services.

Grace Scheg





It's a good experience of what you want to do in the future, roaming through the hospital and talking to patients and nurses.

Isabella Ruivivar








Ever since I was a little girl, I always pictured myself working in the medical field one day. I thought it would be a fulfilling job where I would get to contribute to the world by helping people smile

Caitlin Tan

Being able to serve coffee and talk with visitors every morning made my day even better.

Amberly Wong







Many thanks to all of our entrants for taking the time to enter and for all they have done to help patients, visitors, and staff at UCSF Health!


Contest Participants

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