June 20, 2016

CA Latino Caucus Foundation Announces Recipients of Statewide Scholarship Program

(SACRAMENTO) - The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) announced the 25 students selected to receive a CLLCF Scholarship. The Foundation awards $25,000 annually in scholarship funds to eligible students admitted to or currently enrolled at an accredited college or university.

In its second year of operation, the CLLCF Scholarship Program received over 250 applications from throughout California. Winners were selected from the highly competitive pool of applicants, and evaluated using the following criteria: academic performance, personal statements, extracurricular activities, leadership positions held, special awards and honors received, and work history. Each winner will receive a $1000 scholarship for educational purposes.

“This year, the scholarship applicants demonstrated immense drive, admirable dedication to the community, and strong work ethic, which made the selection process extremely difficult,” said California Latino Legislative Caucus Chairman Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). “The recipients set themselves apart with their influence upon others and innovative ideas. With the tremendous potential exhibited by the students, we look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.”

2016 CLLCF Scholarship Winners

Mariela Barraza Saucedo
Hometown: Sun Valley
Attending: UC Santa Barbara
Jasley Caballeros
Hometown: Whittier
Attending: Mount St. Mary’s University
Stephanie Catañeda
Hometown: Downey
Attending: UC Irvine
Oscar Cervantes
Hometown: Sacramento
Attending: UC Davis
Bibiana Contreras Lopez
Hometown: South El Monte
Attending: CSU Los Angeles
Zuleyma Duran
Hometown: Riverside
Attending: UC Riverside
Elizabeth Esquivel
Hometown: San Jose
Attending: De Anza College
Lizzet Gonzalez
Hometown: Los Angeles
Attending: CSU Northridge
Daniel Hermosillo
Hometown: Los Angeles
Attending: Occidental College
Rosalia Hernandez
Hometown: Fresno
Attending: CSU Fresno
Kimberly Hernandez-Ventura
Hometown: Pomona
Attending: UC Berkeley
Zenaida Huerta
Hometown: Whittier
Attending: Claremont McKenna College
Zinnai Lopez
Hometown: San Diego
Attending: CSU San Diego
Maria MacDonald
Hometown: Sacramento
Attending: American River College
Alexis Miller
Hometown: Richmond
Attending: Wellesley College
Mariel Montes
Hometown: Stockton
Attending: UCLA
Angel Moreno
Hometown: Bakersfield
Attending: UC Santa Barbara
Eusevio Ortega
Hometown: Madera
Attending: UC Davis
Nelva Perales
Hometown: San Diego
Attending: UC Irvine
Gilbert Ramos
Hometown: Salinas
Attending: UC Berkeley
Steven Silva
Hometown: El Monte
Attending: UC San Diego
Eduardo Solis
Hometown: South Gate
Attending: UCLA
Brayan Sosa Molina
Hometown: Los Angeles
Attending: CSU Stanislaus
Joseline Tobar
Hometown: South Gate
Attending: UCLA
Martiza Valencia
Hometown: Indio
Attending: College of the Desert

“Access to a quality education can provide an incomparable foundation for a students’ future,” added Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), who serves as CA Latino Legislative Caucus Vice-Chairman. “This year has been our most competitive applicant pool yet, and I congratulate each of these students for all that they have accomplished. I am proud that the Foundation is able to support these deserving students as they strive to achieve their goals.”

Details for the 2017 Scholarship Application process will be posted to the website early next year. For complete details about the scholarship parameters, please visit the Foundation website at

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation is a charitable, non-profit established to promote and advocate on behalf of the Latino community in California and to educate the public about Latino culture, heritage and issues of importance to Latinos in California.

Sarah Palacios
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