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Cal State L.A.’s ‘Great Minds’ win scholarships

Engineering majors selected as 2010 HENAAC Scholars

Pictured: (l-r) Ricardo Medina, Orval Marcial, Gerardo Nunez and Scarlett Carrillo.
Cal State L.A.’s 2010 HENAAC Scholars: (l-r) Ricardo Medina, Orval Marcial, Gerardo Nunez and Scarlett Carrillo. (Not pictured: Jaime Hernandez and Yesenia Mendoza.)

Six Cal State L.A. students will be honored by the Great Minds in STEM™ organization at the HENAAC Student Leadership Dinner to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, Oct. 9.

The engineering students will be presented educational scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each. The amount is based on the number of scholarships to be awarded and as well as the contributions from the sponsors.

Electrical engineering major Scarlett Carrillo (North Hollywood resident) and civil engineering major Ricardo Medina (Oxnard) will both be presented HENAAC/Southern California Edison Scholarships. Civil engineering major Gerardo Nunez (Lynwood) will receive a HENAAC/NAVSEA Scholarship and civil engineering major Orval Marcial (Los Angeles) will receive a HENAAC/Viva Technology Scholarship.

Additionally, two more scholarship winners were announced at a later date. During the dinner program, engineering major Jaime Hernandez (La Puente) will be awarded a HENAAC/Los Hermanos Memorial Scholarship and civil engineering major Yesenia Mendoza (Huntington Park) will be awarded a HENAAC/Najera Consulting Group Inc. Scholarship.

Along with being listed in the conference issue of TECHNiCA Magazine, each scholarship recipient will receive a travel grant and hotel accommodations to the HENAAC Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Video snapshots of the
2010 HENAAC Scholars:

Scarlett Carrillo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHEG9XcbIwY

Orval Marcial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGbP-PDoXfU

Ricardo Medina:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2w8yrCGq8o

Gerardo Nunez:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0BfGKyELPY

Engineering, math, computer science or material science students with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher qualified to apply for these awards and scholarships. In addition to grade point average, students were selected on the basis of leadership, and campus/community service.

The HENAAC Scholars Program was established in 2000 with the goal of contributing to the Hispanic community by awarding scholarships and grants to student leaders who affect the Hispanic community in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through financial assistance and recognition of their work.

HENAAC, a non-profit organization promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and math, stands for Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. It was recently renamed as Great Minds in STEM™ to reflect the expanded role of its education programs and other efforts its taking to promote STEM careers in underrepresented communities.

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