Meet the CHCI Scholars

2014 CHCI Scholarship Recipients

Associate Degree

Katheen Bravo

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Miami, Florida
A.S., Biology
Miami Dade Honors College

Judith Flores

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar
Elmhurst, Illinois
A.S., Biology/Pre-Medicine
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Illinois

Marco A. Cobos-Galaz

Farmington, New Mexico
A.S., Fundamentals of Petroleum
San Juan College

Edgar Illescas Gomez
CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar
Apple Valley, Minnesota
A.A., Education
Inver Hills Community College

Miguel Contreras

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Anchorage, Alaska
A.S., Welding
University of Alaska Anchorage

Rene Parra Medina

CHCI-Oracle Scholar

E. Palo Alto, California
A.S., Engineering
Cañada College

Melissa De Lara-Vargas

CHCI-American Sugar Alliance Scholar

Portland, Oregon
A.S., Business
Portland Community College

Rebeca Rodriguez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Sanford, North Carolina
A.S., Physical Therapy
Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC

Dayane Ferreira

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Sunrise, Florida
A.S., Nursing
Broward College

Raymond A. Rubio

CHCI-Popular Community Bank Scholar

Bronx, New York
A.A., Theater Arts
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Bachelor Degree

Estefania Acevedo

CHCI-AARP Scholar

Gerber, California
B.S., Biology
University of Chico

Anastassia Isaac

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Las Vegas, Nevada
B.S., Hospitality Management
University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Paul Acosta

CHCI-American Gas Association Scholar

Tucson, Arizona
B.S., Biomedical Engineering
University of Arizona

Tashina Jemmott

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Saint Peters, Missouri
B.A., Psychology
Truman State University

Chelsee Aguirre

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Hydro, Oklahoma
B.S., Nursing
University of Oklahoma

Andre Jones

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Santa Ana, California
B.A., Political Science
University California Los Angeles

Derek Alamilla Utrilla

CHCI-Anheuser-Busch Companies Scholar

Irving, Texas
B.S., Biochemistry
University of Dallas

Karlies Kelley

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B.A., Dance
University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Maria Alfaro

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Austin, Texas
B.S., Psychology
St. Edward's University

Diana Lara

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Atlanta, Georgia
B.A., Business
Emory University

Carlos Alicea-Colon

CHCI-Baxter Healthcare Scholar

Arlington, Texas
B.S., Music Education
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Angel Lara

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Berkeley, California
B.A., Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Tomasa Aljanabi

CHCI-Diageo Scholar

Hastings, Nebraska
B.S., Dental Hygiene
Central College, Hastings

Edith Leiva

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Silver Spring, Maryland
B.S., Health Care Management
Towson University

Sarah Almaguer

CHCI-Gulf States Toyota, Inc.  Scholar

San Antonio, Texas
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Nicolas Luciani

Pensacola, Florida
B.S., Nursing
Pensacola Christian College

Julainey F. Almansa

CHCI-IBM Scholar

Bronx, New York
B.S., Criminology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Maria Luna

CHCI-Tyson Scholar

St. Anthony, Idaho
B.A., Accounting
Idaho State University

Mireya Ambriz

CHCI-National Association of 
Minority Auto Dealers Scholar

Las Vegas, Nevada
B.S., Public Health
University or Nevada, Reno

Maria Madrigal

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Paul, Idaho
B.S., Nursing
Idaho State University

Angie Arca

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Red Hook, New York
B.A., Film & Electronic Arts
Bard College

Diego Mancha

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

San Antonio, Texas
B.A., Mexican American Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio

Kayleigh Arcos

CHCI-PepsiCo Scholar

San Antonio, Texas
B.A., International Business and Finance
Georgetown University

Xiomara Martinez

Bethel, Connecticut
U.S., Meteorology
Western Connecticut State University

Andrew G. Armendaris

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.S., Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Horacio Martinez

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Montevallo, Alabama
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of South Alabama

Aliza Auces

CHCI-Prudential Financial Scholar

Nampa, Idaho
B.S., Health Sciences & Spanish
The College of Idaho

Nestor D. Martinez

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Chicago, Illinois
B.S., Supply Chain Management/Marketing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Erika Banuelos

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Phoenix, Arizona
B.S., Health and Human Biology
Brown University

Jennifer Mata

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Aurora, Illinois
B.S., Nursing
Illinois State University

Genesis Barrios

CHCI-Ford Driving Dreams Scholar

Miami, Florida
B.A., Mathematics
Wellesley College

Cindy Matos Beltre

CHCI-Herbalife Scholar

Bronx, New York
B.A., International Affairs
Lafayette College

Samuel Bohlen

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Rolla, Missouri
B.S., Petroleum Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Michael Maurial

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Washington, Connecticut
B.A., Health Care Administration
Salve Regina University

Alicia Bravo

CHCI-Salt River Project Scholar

Billings, Montana
B.S., Exercise Science
Rocky Mountain College

Selena Mayorga

CHCI-Herbalife Scholar

Cicero, Illinois
B.A., Psychology
Loyola University Chicago

Miriam Bribiesca

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Los Angeles, California
B.A., Communications
University of California, Los Angeles

Ramar McQueen

CHCI-Major League Baseball Scholar

Costa Mesa, California
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science
University of California, Davis

Lesley Bustos

CHCI-Sheetmetal Workers International Scholar

Pomona, California
B.S., Anthropology
California State University, Los Angeles

Marco Medina

CHCI-Major League Baseball Scholar

Valparaiso, Indiana
B.S., International Business
Valparaiso University

Lucila Cabezas

Des Moines, Iowa
B.S., Child Adult Family Services
Iowa State University

Kimberly Mejia-Cuellar

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

New Haven, Connecticut
B.A., Ethnicity, Race & Migration
Yale University

Olivia Camacho

CHCI-The Coca-Cola Company Scholar

Ellensburg, Washington
B.S., Mathematics and Secondary Education
Central Washington University

Daniela Mencos

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Gainesville, Florida
B.A., Journalism
University of Florida-Gainesville

Jessica Campos

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Madison, North Carolina
B.S., Engineering
Rockingham College

Lilly Mendoza

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Ithaca, New York
B.S., Chemical Engineering
Cornell University

Judith Campuzano

La Jolla, California
B.S., Undeclared
University of California, San Diego

Mayra Montero

Goleta, California
B.A., Political Science
University of California Santa Barbara

Leohana Carrera

CHCI-American Sugar Alliance Scholar

Richmond, Virginia
B.S., Government and International Politics
George Mason University

Jennifer Mora

Springfield, Massachusetts
B.S., Pre-Medicine
Boston College

Alexandra Castillo Escobar

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Miami, Florida
B.S., Public Relations
Florida International University

Melanie Morales

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

West Hartford, Connecticut
B.S., Biology
Eastern Connecticut State University

Jose Cordova

Laredo, Texas
B.S., Nursing
Texas A&M International University

Brenda Morales Meza

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Providence, Rhose Island
B.A., Education Studies
Brown University

Candy De La Fuente

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Salt Lake City, Utah
B.S., Nursing
East Tennessee State University

Nakita Nieves

CHCI-Marathon Oil Corporation Scholar

Waianae, Hawaii
B.A., Psychology
Argosy University Online

Malvin De Nunez Estevez

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Bronx, New York
B.S., Electrical Engineering
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

Sindy Nuesi

CHCI-Marathon Oil Corporation Scholar

Brooklyn, New York
B.A., Sociology
The City College of New York

Nelson Delpilar

Waterbury, Connecticut
B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Connecticut

Joscandy Nunez
CHCI-Oracle Scholar
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
B.S., Biomedical Engineering
Rutgers University

Yessica Diaz

CHCI-Eli Lilly & Company Scholar

Houston, Texas
B.S., Mathematics
Texas A&M University at College Station

Vanessa Nunez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Dos Palos, California
B.S., Human Biology and Society
University of California, Los Angeles

Julio Diaz

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Elmwood Park, Illinois
B.S., Pre-Medicine
Northern Michigan University

Francesca Olguin
CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar
Stanford, California
B.S., Pre-Medicine
Stanford University

Guadalupe Dorado

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

De Pere, Wisconsin
B.A., Education
Saint Norbert College

Rubyd Olvera
CHCI-Mass Mutual Scholar
Riverside, California
B.A., Soicology
Univeristy of California, Riverside

Ariel Drotter

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Franklin, Indiana
B.A., Applied Mathematics
Franklin College

Armando Ordonez

CHCI-Mass Mutual Scholar

Rancho Cucamonga, California
B.S., Mathematics
Cal Poly University, Pomona

Carmen Echavarria

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Miami, Florida
B.S., Pre-Medicine
Florida International University

Jorge Ortega

CHCI-National Association of Broadcasters Scholar

Orem, Utah
B.S., Marketing
Utah Valley University

Shalyndria Elizaldi

CHCI-Solomon P. Ortiz Endowment Scholar

Corpus Christi, Texas
B.S., Health Science
Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Pamela Ortega

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
B.A., Broadcast Journalism
University of Oklahoma, Norman campus

Jhonatan Escobar

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Holyoke, Massachusetts
B.S., Civil Engineering
Western New England University

Giovanni Pacheco

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Syracuse, New York
B.S., Biology
Syracuse

Fabian Escobedo

CHCI-Eli Lilly & Company Scholar

Chula Vista, California
B.A., Child and Family Development
San Diego State University

Christopher Pena

CHCI-Popular Community Bank Scholar

Brooklyn, New York
B.S., Information Technology
The College of Saint Rose

Edgar Estrada

CHCI-Eli Lilly & Company Scholar

Pico Rivera, California
B.A., Political Science
University of California, Irvine

Paola Prieto

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Naples, Florida
B.A., Journalism
University of Florida

Leslie Farias

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
B.S., Allied Health
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Yesenia Rapalo

CHCI-Ford Driving Dreams Scholar

Miami, Florida
B.S., Biology
Barry University

Lisamarie Feliciano

Allentown, Pennsylvania
B.S., Biology
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Koralis Reyes Maldonado

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
B.S., Biology
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Irania Felix

CHCI-Eli Lilly & Company Scholar

Phoenix, Arizona
B.A., Political Science
South Mountain College

David Rodriguez

CHCI-National Association of Broadcasters Scholar

Farmington, New Mexico
B.S., Business
University of New Mexico

Isalys Fernandez

CHCI-Eli Lilly & Company Scholar

Chicago, Illinois
B.S., Nursing
University of Chicago at Illinois

Giovanni Rodriguez

Laredo, Texas
B.A., Finance
University of Texas at San Antonio

Anna Flores

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Phoenix, Arizona
B.A., Journalism
Arizona State University

Sergio Salazar

CHCI-National Association of 
Broadcasters Scholar

Miami, Florida
B.S., Finance
Florida International University

Johandry Franco

CHCI-Ford Driving Dreams Scholar

Hialeah, Florida
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University

Elizabeth Salazar

CHCI-National Association of Broadcasters Scholar

Pacoima, California
B.A., Liberal Studies
California State University, Northridge

Marcos Funes Flores

CHCI-Popular Community Bank Scholar

Bronx, New York
B.S., Sociology
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry

Juan Santana

CHCI-National Association of Broadcasters Scholar

Camden, New Jersey
B.A., Justice Studies
Montclair State University

Vianca I. Fuster

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B.A., Film & Video/ Journalism
Columbia College Chicago

David A. Soltren

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Orlando, Florida
B.S., Medicine
Wofford College

Maria Garibay Campos

CHCI-Tyson Scholar

Aurora, Colorado
B.S., Accounting
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Jessica Tenorio

CHCI-Tyson Scholar

Marietta, Georgia
B.S., Business Administration
Southern Polytechnic State University

Naya Garrido

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Union City, New Jersey
B.A., Public Administration, Political Science
Rutgers University, Newark Campus

Rebecca Toro Condori

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Blacksburg, Virginia
B.S., Marketing
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jessie Gomez
CHCI-Telemundo Scholar
Pomona, California
B.A., Journalism
Azusa Pacific University

Erik Torres

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Aurora, Illinois
B.S., Engineering
University of Illinois

Benny Gonzalez

Lorain, Ohio
B.S., Engineering
Lorain County Community College

Shawn Trabanino

CHCI-PhRMA Scholar

Los Angeles, California
B.A., Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles

Ruben Guardado

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

San Diego, California
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Southern California

Jonathan Urra

CHCI-Ford Driving Dreams Scholar

Miami, Florida
B.A., Chemistry
Florida International University

Jorge Guerra

CHCI-South Texas Scholar

Mission, Texas
B.S., Dance
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City

Felipe J. Valdez

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar
Live Oak, California
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Sacramento State University

Maria Isabel Gutierrez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Riverside, California
B.S., Biology
University of California Riverside

Diana Valenzuela

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

McFarland, California
B.A., Industrial Systems Engineering
University of Southern California

Yerania Hernandez

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Dallas, Texas
B.S., Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station

Brittney Valerio

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Austin, Texas
B.S., Chemical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Kevin Hernandez

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Brunswick, Maine
B.A., Undeclared
Bowdoin College

Carmen Vasquez

CHCI-PhRMA Scholar
Montgomery Village, Maryland
B.A., Early Childhood Education
Towson University / Universities at Shady Grove

Christina Hernandez

CHCI-South Texas Scholar

Mission, Texas
B.S., Business Management
University of Texas Pan American

Karen Vasquez Mena

CHCI-USTelecom Scholar

Davis, California
B.A., Environmental Policy Analysis
University of California, Davis

Barbara Hernandez

Athens, HI
B.A., Psychology
University of Georgia, Athens

Jesus Vega

CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar

Northville, Michigan
B.A., International Relations & Economics
Michigan State University

William Hernandez

CHCI-Exxon Mobil Scholar

Kissimmee, Florida
B.S., Aviation Maintenance/Business Management
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Juan Velasco

CHCI-Box Tops for Education Scholar

Shelby, Nebraska
B.A., Graphic Design
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Modesto Hernandez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Mulberry, Florida
B.S., Nursing
University of South Florida

Sophia Venero

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Burtonsville, Maryland
B.S., Biology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Edwin Hurtado

Brownsville, Texas
B.A., Government
The University of Texas at Austin

Rebecca Vigil

CHCI-Telemundo Scholar

Pueblo, Colorado
B.S., Integrated Communications
Colorado State University-Pueblo

Juan P. Villa

CHCI-Tyson Scholar

Taylors, South Carolina
B.S., Computer Science
University of South Carolina, Columbia

Aleskar Villareal

CHCI-USTelecom Scholar

Laredo, Texas
B.S., Engineering
Texas A&M College Station

Graduate Degree

Diana Andino

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Oak Park, Illinois
Doctorate of Medicine
Stritch School of Medicine

Michaela Machicote

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Masters in Latin American Studies
University of Texas, Austin

Beverly Apodaca

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Bernalillo, New Mexico
Master in Occupational Therapy
University of New Mexico

Derek Martinez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Masters in Health Policy
University of New Mexico

Armando Barajas

La Puente, California
Masters in Public Administration
University of Southern California

David Meza

Westminster, Colorado
Masters in Health Care Leadership
Regis University

Daniela Carbajal

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Tallahassee, Florida
Masters in Public Health
Florida State University

Lisandra Ochoa

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Davis, California
Masters in Public Health
University of California, Davis

Joselyn Garay

Canovanas, Puerto Rico
Doctorate in Education
NOVA Southeastern University

Maria Pfund

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Chicago, Illinois
Masters in Dietetics
Eastern Illinois University

Nancy Gonzalez

Santa Ana, California
Masters in Social Work
California State University, Fullerton

Olaf Rodriguez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Doctorate in Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Ramon Gutierrez

CHCI-Solomon P. Ortiz Endowment Scholar

Valencia, California
Masters in Management
California Institute of the Arts

Emma Zavala-Suarez

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Spokane, Washington
Doctorate in Medicine
University of Washington