Since its inception, the NHBWA has awarded 231 educational scholarships to deserving students. This achievement has been possible thanks to the support of our members, corporate sponsors, and donors.

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Adriana Alvarez, Santa Ana College

Ms. Alvarez is a resident of Santa Ana. She is graduating from Santa Ana College. She will transfer to Cal State Fullerton this fall to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Child Development and Adolescence. She has a GPA of 3.26 and plans to obtain a teaching credential so she can return to Santa Ana as a teacher and give back to an underserved community. She volunteers for many local events in Santa Ana including Noche De Altares and KinderCaminata and works as a Community Service Coordinator at Santa Ana College.

Susana Arriaga

Susana Arriaga, Santiago Canyon College

Mrs. Arriaga is a resident of Anaheim attending Santiago Canyon College. She has a 3.69 GPA, majoring in biology. She’s a wife, mother and a first-generation college student pursuing her dreams to one day be a Physician’s Assistant. She plans to organize and manage a network of committed physicians to work and advocate for underserved communities.

Susana Arriaga

Gabriela Cortes, California State University, Long Beach

Ms. Cortes is a first year Master’s student at Cal State Long Beach pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. She’s a resident of La Puente and plans to one day become a Public Administrator. She has a GPA of 3.32 and currently interns with the City of Los Angeles Administration Division. Growing up in a family of five, she is passionate about mentoring and assisting first-generation college students, such as herself, to pursue a higher education.

Alondra De La Riva

Susana Arriage, Santiago Canyon College

Ms. De La Riva is a resident of Santa Ana and a senior at Godinez Fundamental High School with a GPA of 4.18. She is a first-generation college student and will attend the University of California, Irvine in Fall 2018. She will major in Sociology and minor in Criminology. During her time at Godinez, she has been an active member of the student body and has exemplified great leadership skills. She aspires to become a Juvenile Counselor and help troubled teens pursue a higher education. She is NHBWA’s HEEF Scholarship awardee.

Ingrid Gonzalez

Ingrid Gonzalez, Santa Ana College

Ms. Gonzalez is a resident of Santa Ana attending Santa Ana College. She has a 3.13 GPA and pursuing a degree in human studies. As a single parent, Ingrid works hard to provide for her daughter and attends school to pursue her dreams of becoming a social worker. Ingrid is NHBWA’s HEEF scholarship awardee.

Julianna Guillen

Julianna Guillen, California Baptist University

Ms. Guillen resides in the city Anaheim with her Great-Grandmother. She has 4.0 GPA and attends California Baptist University. She is the eldest of three and a first-generation college student pursuing a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology. She volunteers as a Sexual Assault Counselor and works as a Graduate Assistant at CBU and as an Assistant/Instructor at a learning center for children in grades kindergarten through twelfth.

Aaliah Rifcky Jabbar

California State University, Fullerton

Ms. Jabbar is a resident of Anaheim and a freshman at Cal State Fullerton. She majors in mathematics with a minor in economics. She has a 4.0 GPA and plans to become a Research Analyst. Originally, from Sri Lanka, she is the eldest of five and has been in the US less than two years, achieving her higher educational goals.

Madison Marie Kreinheder

Aaliah Rifcky Jabbar Concordia University, Irvine

Ms. Kreinheder is a senior at Concordia University Irvine where she majors in chemistry and minors in mathematics. She has been a chemical research assistant at Concordia for four years. A resident of Rancho Cucamonga and with a 3.90 GPA, she plans to continue her studies and acquire a doctorate in chemistry. It is her hope to become a college professor and inspire more people, particularly young women, to join STEM fields.

Catalina Lopez

Catalina Lopez, University of California, Irvine

Ms. Lopez is a Santa Ana resident enrolling at the University of California, Irvine for Fall 2018. She graduates from Mater Dei with a 5.0 GPA. She comes from a family of six and enjoys Spanish Arts and culture that motivated her to volunteer for El Centro Cultural de Mexico. She will pursue a career in education and hopes to earn a master’s degree in Latin American Studies.

Mariana Lopez

Mariana Lopez, Santiago Community College

Ms. Lopez resides with her two daughters in Anaheim. She is a single mother and maintained a 3.68 GPA at Santiago Community College. She plans to transfer to California State University, Long Beach, pursue bachelors and master’s degrees in Social Work, and ultimately become a licensed clinical social worker.
hopes to earn a master’s degree in Latin American Studies.

Jonathan Lopez Renteria

Jonathan Lopez Renteria, Santa Ana College

Mr. Lopez resides in Santa Ana with his grandmother. He attends Santa Ana College and has a 3.77 GPA. He wants to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and one-day join NASA or JPL. Balancing work and home life, he is a provider and caregiver for his grandmother with dementia and Alzheimer’s and volunteers with school programs to help parents in need.

Monica Morales

Monica Moralez, Santa Ana College

Ms. Moralez is a Community Relations Specialist at Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Santa Ana and is a single mother of four children ages 3 to 15. She graduates Santa Ana College with a 3.45 GPA and transfers to CSULB in the Fall majoring in Political Science. She plans to attend Law School and focus on Constitutional Rights. Monica is NHBWA’s HEEF Scholarship awardee.

Sabrina Cecilia Moreira

Sabrina Cecilia Moreira, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego

Ms. Moreira is an Upland resident attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She has a 3.36 GPA and majors in Nursing. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree and wants to become a Pediatric Nurse. She is of Nicaraguan and Venezuelan descent. She has spent many hours volunteering for organizations helping the homeless and low-income families.


D’Ann Lorraine Najar, Santa Ana College

Ms. Najar is a resident of Anaheim attending Santa Ana College. She transfers to California State University, Long Beach in the fall of 2018 with a 3.86 GPA. She will pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Services. She is a single mother to her boys ages nine and six. Living with an abusive father led to her pursuit of a career in social work where she can make an impact for families in need.

Alondra Pineda

Alondra Pineda, Katella High School

Ms. Pineda is a Senior at Katella High School and a resident of Anaheim. She graduates with a 3.57 GPA and will attend Cal State Domínguez Hills in the fall of 2018. She wants to major in Biology and pursue a career in medicine. After her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, she made a promise to help others heal by becoming a doctor.

Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas, University of California, Irvine

Mr. Vargas resides in North Hills, CA and attends the University of California, Irvine. He is a first-generation college student with a 3.0 GPA. He will graduate with bachelor degrees in International Studies and Political Science. He was the founder of the organization Hermanos Unidos at UCI and hopes to one day become a Congressman in California to advocate for the rights of the Latino community.

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