Assemblymember Salas Announces Local Scholarship Recipients in Kern County

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

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) congratulated the 55 students from across the state who were selected to receive a 2022 California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF)scholarship worth $5,000. In its eighth year, the CLLCF Scholarship Program received 1,042 applications. Winners from Assembly District 32 included Mia Faith Arredondo from Shafter, who currently attends CSU Bakersfield, and Alejandro David Villamil Hernandez from Bakersfield, who will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall.

“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. I am excited to see the amazing things that this group of students will accomplish for our community.”

Recipients of the scholarship were selected from a 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.

Mia Faith Arredondo, the recipient from Shafter, is a student at CSU Bakersfield and is majoring in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies. Ms. Arredondo worked hard to overcome her obstacles and excel in her education. Her goal is to one day become a Child Life Specialist at a Children’s Hospital in the Central Valley.

Alejandro David Villamil Hernandez, the recipient from Bakersfield, recently graduated from Highland High School. Mr. Hernandez has formed various study groups to help his fellow students, and is a leader both inside and outside the classroom. Mr. Hernández will be studying Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and hopes to return to the Central Valley as a teacher to inspire and mentor the next generation of students.

For complete details about the scholarship program criteria and parameters, please visit the Foundation website at www.cllcf.org. Details for the 2023 scholarship application process will be posted to the website early nextyear.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.