Assemblymember Salas Announces Local Scholarship Winners in the Valley

Two students win $5,000 scholarships from the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation

Assemblymember Salas Announces Local Scholarship Winners in the Valley

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) congratulated the 51 students from across the state who were selected to receive a 2021 California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) scholarship worth $5,000. In its seventh year, the CLLCF Scholarship Program received 762 applications. Winners from Assembly District 32 included Myriam Noemi Tellez Ramirez from Bakersfield, who will be attending University of California Berkeley, and Ernest G. Lopez from Hanford, who currently attends College of the Sequoias. In total, 14 students in Assemblymember Salas’s district have received $70,000 in college scholarships from this program.


“It is great to see the future leaders of the Central Valley recognized for their hard work and perseverance,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This past year has been challenging for everyone, particularly our students. As California gets back on track, I am excited to see the amazing things that this group of students will accomplish for our community.”


Winners of the scholarship were selected from the highly competitive pool of applicants and evaluated using the following criteria: academic performance, personal statements, extracurricular activities, leadership positions held, special awards and honors received, and work history. Each winner received a $5,000 scholarship, which aids eligible students admitted to or currently enrolled at an accredited college or university.


Myriam Noemi Tellez Ramirez, the recipient from Bakersfield, is a student at South High School and will be attending UC Berkeley studying Political Science. As an English language learner, Ms. Ramirez worked diligently to excel in school and achieve a 4.409 GPA. As a college student, she hopes to continue working with groups like Hispanas Organized for Political Equality to advocate for progressive change in California.


Ernest Lopez, the recipient from Hanford, is a current student at the College of the Sequoias. As a non-traditional student, Mr. Lopez has been pursuing his passion in American history as an adult, while caring for his family. With a 4.0 GPA, Mr. Lopez aspires to transfer to CSU Fresno, which has been his dream school since he was young child, and pursue a bachelor’s degree in history.


For complete details about the scholarship program criteria and parameters, please visit the Foundation website at Details for the 2022 scholarship application process will be posted to the website early next year.