PRIME-LC Dr. Alberto Manetta Service Award

Support the UCI School of Medicine PRIME-LC Dr. Alberto Manetta Service Award

The UCI School of Medicine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2024.The program founded by Dr. Alberto Manetta, provides specialized training for future physicians who are committed to careers in public service. It unites those of us with a common mission to address healthcare gaps by improving healthcare delivery, research, and policy for California’s underserved Latino communities.

Remembering Dr. Alberto Manetta

The PRIME-LC Dr. Alberto Manetta Service Award Endowment was established by our alumni leadership group in 2021. The goal of the endowment is to provide unrestricted scholarships to PRIME-LC students who have not only demonstrated leadership with PRIME-LC, but also developed and led an exemplary service project in support of PRIME-LC’s mission. 

As alumni and friends of the PRIME-LC program, many of us want to give back to the program that has given us so much.  

Thanks to our initial founding donors, in May 2022, we awarded the first PRIME-LC Dr. Alberto Manetta Service Award to PRIME-LC student Meril TomyMs. Tomy received a $5,000 scholarship for her planning and implementation of a Spanish-based mental health program for adults and children in Santa Ana. 

In May 2023, we awarded the second annual $5,000 scholarship to PRIME-LC student Alejandro Efrain Cañas for establishing a mentoring program for pre-medical students at Cal State Long Beach. 

Join Us

With your support, we can continue to recognize the extraordinary talent and dedication of PRIME-LC students. Thus far, we have raised $152,500 for the endowment. With your help, we can reach our fundraising goal of $250,000. Once our goal is reached, the income earned from the endowment will allow us to award two annual scholarships of $5,000 to PRIME-LC students in perpetuity.

We hope that you will join those who have already contributed and help us reach our fundraising goal.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to contribute to this award including making your gift online through the UCI Foundation Zotfunder platform. However, if you'd prefer to support the Dr. Alberto Manetta Service Award and PRIME-LC students in other ways such as mailing a check, transferring appreciated stock or making a multi-year pledge to be fulfilled over time, please contact Amanda Davis, associate director of development, at or (949) 824-3579.



PRIME-LC Alumni Leadership Team

Parker Duncan Diaz, MD, MPH, FAAFP, PRIME-LC alumnus ‘10 (

Anna Fellmann, MD, MPH, PRIME-LC alumnus ‘14 (

Marnie Granados, MD, MPP, PRIME-LC alumnus ‘10 (

Sarah Lopez, MD, MBA, PRIME-LC alumnus ‘09 (

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