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PEP Scholars Named for 2018

The following students were selected as this year's recipients of the Paramount Education Partnership college scholarships. Included here are their names, choice of college and major.


Cesar Arzate
UCLA, Biology

Jessica Avalos
Cerritos College, Culinary Arts

Maricarmen Ayala
UCLA, Applied Mathematics

Alyssa Baca
Cal State Long Beach, Psychology

Arellys Burgos
UCLA, Pre-Psychobiology

Andrea Cardenas
CSULB, Undeclared 

Zarelia Carrera
CSULB, Criminology/Spanish Literature

Dianna Chaidez
UCSB, English

Karina Cortes Garcia
UCI, Literary Journalism

Nitze Cuarenta
Mount Saint Mary's University, Nursing

Klara Doe
San Jose State, Forensic Science-Chemistry

Christopher Duran
UCLA, Political Science/ Pre-Law

Pablo Esparza
UCLA, Pre-Psychology

Michael Gomez
CSUN, Professional Film

Esmeralda Herrera
Long Beach Community College, Undecided

Liset Huerta Sanchez
CSULB, Pre-Biomedical Engineering

Rosemelly Jimenez Medal
UC Merced, Sociology

Juan Lopez Villarreal
Cal State Long Beach, Liberal Arts in Spanish

Bryanna Macias
UCSB, Biopsychology

Cristiline Magana
Cerritos College, Business

Yoana Martinez
UCI, Business & Graphic Design

Isaac Mena
UC Irvine, Criminology Law & Society

Melissa Montoya
UC Santa Barbara, Film & Media

Carlos Moreno
UC Irvine, Undeclared/ Chemistry

Ezekiel Moreno
San Jose State, Music Education

Omar Munoz
UC Irvine, Computer Engineering

Judith Murillo
UCLA, Political Science

Bryanna Paz
UC Berkeley, English

Chloe Phanuekthong
UC Irvine, Media Design

Aniela Ramirez
UCLA, International Development Studies

Jasmin Ramos
UCI, Biological Sciences

Luisa Robles
UC Davis, Environmental Science

Kassidy Rodriguez
UC Berkeley, Psychology

Karla Rodriguez Picasso
UC Irvine, Psychology

Cecilia Saenz
Cal Poly Pomona, Biotechnology

Paulina Salas
Cal State Dominguez Hills, Liberal Studies

Derick Salladay-Perez
UC Davis, Communications

Yesenia Sifuentes
CSULB, Biology

Javier Solorzano
Cerritos College, Nursing

Danny Vazquez
Cerritos College, Business Administration

Briana Villaverde
UCI, Computer Science Engineering

Vincent Wirch
Azusa Pacific University, Psychology

2018 Donors


Pennies for PEP – Paramount Unified School District


Weber Metals, an Otto Fuchs Company


Alt Air Paramount

Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.


R & N Kroeze Family Trust


FENICO Precision Castings, Inc.

Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc.

Mattco Forge, Inc.

Willdan Group, Inc.


Carlton Forge Works

County of Los Angeles, Supervisor Janice Hahn’s Office


CalMet Services, Inc.



Charles & Margaret Garcia

Daryl & Barbra Hofmeyer

Kenny’s Auto Service

SC Fuels

Zamboni Company


The Office of Assemblymember Anthony Rendon

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo

Dr. Max Martinez, DDS

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Guillen Investment Properties

Gus’s Deli BBQ & Grill

Horchateria Rio Luna

Ink Head Prints

Paramount Elks, 1804

RMI International

The Paramount Community Coalition Against Toxics

$499 and Under

DeMaria Electric Motor Services, Inc.

Gamma Zeta Delta Kappa Gamma Society

Jill & Carlos Gutierrez

Vivian & Tom Hansen

New York Life Insurance, Christopher T. Hicks

Peggy Lemons

Beatrice Proo


John & Marsha Zuldervaart