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WOMEN IN CALIFORNIA LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCES 2021
RECIPIENTS OF THE MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Minerva Scholarship program was established by Women in California Leadership to support the advancement of women in the State of California. Launched in 2015, the foundation was established with the purpose of empowering women and enhancing the lives of women and girls. To this end, the foundation is committed to providing scholarships to select women of promise in order to help them achieve their educational objectives.
“For many women, a scholarship is what will determine whether they enroll or continue their college degrees. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the financial burdens families are facing, leaving students to make the tough decision to continue their education or drop out to work in order to help their families pay the bills. I am honored to be a part of this scholarship opportunity which will help pave a path for female students across California to pursue a higher education.”
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Chair
“For many education is the ticket to economic advancement. I’m proud of the women members of the California Legislature for supporting the Minerva Scholarship Program to help women across our state achieve their education goals.”
Senator Nancy Skinner, Vice Chair

MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP 2021

2021 GOLDEN MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP – $10,000 WINNER

Congratulations for winning the Golden Minerva Scholarship. Please check your email in the coming days for instructions.

NAME

HOMETOWN

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

Cecilia Rosales

Pacoima, CA

University of California, Berkeley

2021 MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP – $2,500 WINNERS

Congratulations to all the Minerva Scholarship $2500 winners. Please check your email in the coming days for instructions.

NAME

HOMETOWN

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

Rubel Dehal
Soriya Ung-Koy
Tiyre King
Terah Lawyer
Jessica Guzman
Kimberly Valadez
Judith Magana
Rosa Espinoza
Julia Plasencia
Abigail Summers
Erica Mendez Ramos
Aliya Sabater
Lenis Barajas Pastrana
Destiny Lopez
Alina Barela
Angelia Estrada
Madison Gregory
Alyssandra Javier
Miriam Torres
Leah Pinedo
Caroline Ordian
Natalie Wulfenstein
Aryona Adams
Aileen Arevalo
Autrilla Gillis
Ashley Kim
Lia Quinn
Adele Giovanniello
Rebecca Eder
Vanessa Brunetta
Beth Marcotte
Maria Mercado
Vanessa Chen
Stephanie Zarate
Loretha Henry
Alishba Sardar
Jordan Goodwin
Reva Jariwala
Vasti Orbach
Victoria Valdes
Brianna Villasenor
Sonrisa Lopez
Cassandra Koerte
Melanie Camacho
Melissa Bermudez
Ogechi Obiefuna
Veronica Banuelos
Diana Escamilla
Deanna Miranda Barrios
Emily Hernandez
Leslie Vasquez
Alexandra Alvarado
Leslie Garay Belmontes
Laniya Dawson
Reyna Rodriguez
Jennifer Ibarra
Marlene Ochoa
Nia Tescum
Lizet Garcia
Jessica Gonzalez
Jasmine Lars
Ha Bui
Alyssa Burt
Amanda Agu
Mariah McCrory
Melissa Alvarez
Bridget Pineda
Sonia Hernández Cabanas
Hannah Dominica Chua
Rocio Gutierrez Meza
Camrie Rounds
Nicole Jones
Laura Murray
Anna Lee Sanchez
Tania Herrera
Astrid Pumarica
Makayla Baldwin
Leila Walker
Rosemarie Louissaint
Unique Little
Victoria Gorum
Angie Monreal
Joanne Parvin
Angel McDuffie
Amelia Sete
Destiny Willis
Paulette Evans

Manteca, CA
Stockton, CA
Richmond, CA
Richmond, CA
Salinas, CA
Tranquility, CA
Porterville, CA
Riverdale, CA
Tulare, CA
Visalia, CA
Santa Maria, CA
Oxnard, CA
Chino, CA
Rialto, CA
Azusa, CA
Covina, CA
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Beaumont, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Bermuda Dunes, CA
Temecula, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach, CA
Huntington Park, CA
Oceanside, CA
Aliso Viejo, CA
San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Doyle, CA
McArthur, CA
Napa, CA
Davis, CA
Albany, CA
Berkeley, CA
Livermore, CA
Davnville, CA
Santa Clarita, CA
Canyon Country, CA
San Fernando, CA
Sunland, CA
Burbank, CA
Camarillo, CA
Oxnard, CA
Rialto, CA
San Bernadino, CA
El Monte, CA
El Monte, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Whittier, CA
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Bellflower, CA
Bell Gardens, CA
Riverside, CA
Mira Loma, CA
Hawthorne, CA
Hawthorne, CA
Fullerton, CA
Anaheim, CA
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Garden Grove, CA
Laguna Hills, CA
Mission Viejo, CA
Huntington Beach, CA
Costa mesa, CA
Escondido, CA
Escondido, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Vista, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Lemon Grove, CA
San Diego, CA
San Ysidro, CA
Sacramento,CA
Victorville, CA
Vallejo, CA
Vallejo, CA
Citrus Heights, CA
Marina, CA
Garden Grove, CA
Fresno, CA
Moreno Valley, CA
Hayward, CA
San Francisco, CA
Fresno, CA

California State University, Monterey Bay
University of the Pacific Graduate School
Alambama A&M University
California State University, San Francisco
California State University, Monterey Bay
Cornell University
California State University, San Marcos
Simpson University
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Monterey Bay
University of California, Berkeley
University of California Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California State University, San Marcos
Citrus College
California State University, Los Angeles
California Baptist University
California State University, San Bernardino
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
Boise State University
University of California, San Diego
Mount Saint Mary’s University
University of California, Los Angeles
Liberty University
Southwestern Law School
California State University, San Marcos
Boston College
Grand Canyon College
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Nevada, Reno
Shasta College
Stanford University
California State University, Sacramento
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
Cornell University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
California State University, Los Angeles
Leeward Community College
Ventura County Community College
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Sacramento
Pomona College
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Fullerton
Cornell University
Wellesley College
California State University, Fullerton
Harvey Mudd College
Cal Poly, Pomona
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
California Baptist University
California State University, Bakersfield
Dartmouth College
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton College
California State University, Monterey Bay
University of California, Berkeley
Golden West College
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Chico
California State University, San Marcos
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, San Marcos
University of San Diego
North Carolina University
Columbia University
University of Southern California
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley
Spelman College
American River College
Stanford University
University of California, Irvine
State Center Community College District
California State University, San Diego
California State University, East Bay
California State University, San Francisco
University North Texas

MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP 2020

A SHOWCASE OF SOME OF OUR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

2020 GOLDEN MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP – $10,000 WINNER

Congratulations for winning the Golden Minerva Scholarship. Please check your email in the coming days for instructions.

NAME

HOMETOWN

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

Marciela Rodrigues

Berkeley, CA

University of California, Berkeley

2020 MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP – $2,500 WINNERS

Congratulations to all the Minerva Scholarship $2500 winners. Please check your email in the coming days for instructions.

NAME

HOMETOWN

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

Cindy Aguilar-Castaneda
Mariam Al Moubasher
Maria Juliana Alcantar
Brenda Alvarado
Angela Arce
Carla P. Castillo Arcos
Dagmawit Assaye
Cecilia Elena Bachmann
Nadia Noemi Barboza
Sarai Borja
Maileilani Buchanan
Leslie Azucena Roman Calderon
Kamani Cannon
Alisha Ann Cetina
Brittney Contreras
Azalea Corral
Dahlia Corral
Morgan DeSargant
Felicity Dorn
Kyndall Elise Dowell
Isabel Espinoza
Michelle Alpizar Farfan
Britany Flores
Katherine A. Fong
Mikiiya Foster
Roberta Fox
Jenai Funk
Laura Elaine Daza Garcia
Johanna Lopez Gonzalez
Daisy Granados
Varvara Gulina
Reyna Paola Velasco Hernandez
Kendra Howard
Estefany Hurtado
Jennifer Ibarra
Gabriela Jimenez
Aiya Kanawati
Nilufar Kayhani
Sandra C. Kenig
Jeanie Le
Paula Leigh
Maritza Lopez
Alexis Lupton
Christina Marquez
Gilda Temaj Marroquin
Virginia Barbosa Mascorro
Daniela Medina
Victoria Mensah
Catherean B. Mitchell
Graciela Moran
Taryn Murphy
Laura J. Murray
Cemone Olivia
Gabriela Osio
Alik Ourfalian
Daisy Mejia Perez
Mariela Pizarro-Silva
Nina Kristina Predas
Elizabeth Quiroz
Evelyn Reyes
Victoria Rocha
Sahvannah Rodriguez
Sara Rodriguez
Jacqueline Rodriguez
Stephanie J. Rubio
Tania Sarai Salceda
Anna Lee Sanchez
Raquel Santora
Samantha Saple
Morgan Sedrick
Jennifer Serrano
Maliha Shahzad
Bryanna A. Shaw
Shani Shay
Natasha Skidmore
Jocelyn Soto
Vanessa Bello Suastegui
Ashley Tirado
Jacqueline Torres
Sarahy Torres
Iyaunna Towery
Azaclarisse Trillo
Lesly Valenzuela
Debriance Walker
Haleigh Watkins
Kailyn G. Watkins
Destiny Watson

Gonzales, CA
Irvine, CA
San Marcos, CA
Van Nuys, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Rialto, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Napa, CA
Tujunga, CA
Apple Valley, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Inglewood, CA
Redding, CA
La Verne
Goleta, CA
Goleta, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Jacinto, CA
Albany, CA
Fresno, CA
Carpinteria, CA
Arleta, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Simi Valley, CA
Crestline, CA
Bonita, CA
Daly City, CA
La Habra, CA
Oxnard, CA
Dana Point, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach, CA
Bell Gardens, CA
Riverside, CA
Oceanside, CA
Fountain Valley, CA
Dublin, CA
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Irvine, CA
Livermore, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Galt, CA
Cathedral City, CA
Berkeley, CA
Riverside CA
San Leandro CA
Anaheim, CA
Suisun City, CA
Fontana, CA
Temecula, CA
San Diego, CA
Anaheim, CA
Oceanside, CA
Glendale, CA
Modesto, CA
Salinas, CA
Huntington Beach, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
Fresno, CA
Fresno, CA
Fontana, CA
Monrovia, CA
Hayward, CA
San Gabriel, CA
Oxnard, CA
San Diego, CA
La Puente, CA
Oceanside, CA
Kelseyville, CA
Downey, CA
Lodi, CA
San Diego, CA
Albany, CA
Lodi, CA
Barstow, CA
Fullerton, CA
Redding, CA
Baldwin Park, CA
Oxnard, CA
Culver City, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Rialto, CA
Valley Center, CA
Inglewood, CA
Los Angeles, CA

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
California State University, San Diego
Los Angeles Pierce College
University of California, Los Angeles
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
University of California, Riverside
Pasadena City College
University of California, Davis
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, San Bernardino
University of California, Los Angeles
Southern University and A&M College
Shasta College
University of St. Augustine
University of California, Riverside
San Diego State University
California State University, Los Angeles
University of Southern California
University of California, Berkeley
California State University, San Jose
University of California, Los Angeles
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, San Bernardino
Southwestern College
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Davis
Oxnard College
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
Capella University
East Los Angeles College
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley
Alder Graduate School of Education
University of California, Irvine
Pepperdine University
University of California, Los Angeles
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Berkeley
California State University, San Bernardino
University of California, Berkeley
Fullerton College
Eastern Gateway Community College
California State University, San Bernardino
Hillsdale College
California State University, San Diego
University of California, Riverside
MiraCosta College
American University Washington College of Law
University of California, Davis
Stanford University
Golden West College
California State University, Sonoma
University of Michigan
California State University, Fresno
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
Pasadena City College
University of California, Berkeley
Southwestern College
East Los Angeles College
Point Loma Nazarene University
National University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
Dillard University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California
Biola University
California State University, Fullerton
Shasta College
California State University, East Bay
University of California, Los Angeles
Trinity Law School
University of San Francisco
University of California, Los Angeles
San Bernardino Valley College
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Alcorn State University
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

MINERVA SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS CONCERNING THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CAN BE SENT TO HEATHER@WICL.US

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