2015 Scholarship Awardees

Friends of AALA awarded each of 26 LAUSD students with a $2000 scholarship.  Each student also received an AALA Scholarship Award Certificate, a certificate from their respective Board of Education member, a junior portfolio and  a 16” x 20” portrait from Eric Trerotola of Lifetouch School Studios.  A short video by KLCS–the AALA Awards Newsbrief–highlights the scholarship event.  

Seven scholarships carried special designations and the recipients were: 

  • Dr. Judith Perez Scholarship – Lisa Sobajian, Venice High School
  • Dr. William J. Johnston Leadership Scholarship – Ashiley Lee, North Hollywood High School
  • Jack H. Silas Social Justice Scholarship – Sheila Fallah, Venice High School
  • Zelda Fisher Memorial Scholarship – Karina Rosales, King Drew Magnet High School
  • Conchita Puncel Memorial Scholarship – Alfa Jasmin Lopez, Foshay Learning Center
  • Jack Moscowitz Memorial Scholarship – Mauro Renteria, South Gate High School
  • Great Minds in STEM Scholarship – Rosalia Hernandez, Fremont HS

The 19 other scholars honored at the banquet were: 

  • Mireya Barraza-Hernandez, Wilson High School LC
  • Maurissa Brown, Foshay Learning Center
  • Elizabeth Caballero, Reseda High School
  • Jose Cortes, Garfield High School
  • Kely Cortes, Wilson High School
  • Giovanni D’Ambrosio, Cleveland High School
  • Laura Diaz, South Gate High School
  • Jason Duong, Wilson High School
  • Melissa Fuentes-Mejia, Garfield High School
  • Alberto Ibarra, Carson High School
  • Itzel Jimenez, South Gate High School
  • Hoang Nguyen, Downtown Magnets High School
  • Irvin Ortiz, Garfield High School
  • Jacqueline Peña, Angel’s Gate High School
  • Jocelyn Ruiz, South Gate High School
  • Temiloluwa Salako, Manual Arts High School
  • Marcos Tafoya, Carson High School
  • Stephen Thomas Harriman, East Los Angeles Occupational Center
  • Christian Montoya, Huntington Park Service Area

These young scholars will be attending colleges and universities such as Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, UCLA, USC, Princeton, Syracuse, Scripps, Brown and Bowdoin. They represent the diversity of the District. Included among awardees are students from the Options and Community Adult Schools.