PEP Scholars Named for 2019

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.


Andrea Balderas
UCI, Architecture

Evelyn Banuelos
Cerritos Community College, Environmental Studies

Ruby Carbajal
CSULB, Accounting

Zaira Carrera
UCSC, History

Daphne Collin
UCSB, Marine Biology

Stephanie Duarte
Cerritos Community College, Law  

Christopher Duran
UCLA, Political Science

William Estrada
CSULB, Software Engineer

Kelly Florimon
Ursuline College, Nursing

Stephanie Garcia
Long Beach City College, Pediatric Nursing

Joseph Garcia
UCI, Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Garcia Ramirez
Cerritos Community College, Economics

Gloria Gonzales
CSULB, Kinesiology

Jenny Gonzales
CSULA, Nursing

Nailene Gonzales
UCI, Sociology

Luisa Gonzalez
UCI, Environmental Science

Eric Hernandez
UCSC, Computer Science

Taleesa Jackson
Howard University, Psychology

Yanet Lopez
UCSB, Biological Sciences

Ricardo Maravilla
UCSD, Mechanical Engineering

Andrea Mercado
UCI, Business Management

Melissa Munoz
UCLA, Political Science

Judith Murillo
UCLA, Political Science

Tiara Nunez
CSUF, Nursing

Marlene Ortiz Rios
UCR, Political Science

Brandon Pastelin
CSULB, Aerospace Engineering

Ethan Persi
Loyola Marymount University, Electrical Engineering

Drew Pickett
UCI, Biology

Elizabeth Reyes
Cerritos Community College, Child Development

Gisselle Rios
UCLA, Human Biology

Andromeda Rodriguez
Cerritos Community College, Bio/Chemistry

Anthony Rodriguez
Mount St. Mary's Los Angeles, Nursing

Karla Rodriguez Picasso
CSULB, Psychology

Nancee Rodriguez
Whittier College, Business Administration

Jennifer Ruiz
CSUDH, Exotic Veterinarian

Briana Ruiz
UCI, Liberal Studies

Daisy Santiago
CSULB, Undecided

Marionna Smith
Cerritos Community College, Business Administration

Marisol Torres
UCLA, Biology

Daniela Torres
CSULB, Biochemistry

Michael Torres
John Hopkins Peabody Institute, Double Bass Performance

Angie Vazquez
CSUF, Nursing

Anthony Yepez
CSULB, Business Management

Angela Zamudio
Vanguard University, English

Gerardo Zaragoza
CSULB, Civil Engineering

2019 Donors


Pennies for PEP – Paramount Unified School District


Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.

Weber Metals, an Otto Fuchs Company

World Energy


R & N Kroeze Family Trust


Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc.

Mattco Forge, Inc.

Mujeres Unidas Sirviendo Activamente (MUSA)

Willdan Group, Inc.


Carlton Forge Works


Kenny's Auto Services


CalMet Services, Inc.

Daryl & Barbra Hofmeyer

Kenny’s Auto Service

Zamboni Company


Casa Gamino Family Restaurant, Inc.

Dr. Max Martinez, DDS

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Horchateria Rio Luna

$500 and Under

Charles & Margaret Garcia

DeMaria Electric Motor Services, Inc.

Guillen Investment Properties

Ink Head Designs & Prints

MDS Associates, Inc.

The Office of Assemblymember Anthony Rendon

Vivian & Tom Hansen