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MANA de Imperial Valley Awards $25,500 in Scholarships to 31


MANA de Imperial Valley (MANA) recently awarded 25,500.00 in scholarships to 31 local high schools, Imperial Valley College, and San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus students in Imperial County.

Scholarship amounts ranged from $500 to $1,000. On Saturday, June 01st students had an opportunity to meet MANA board members, receive their scholarships, MANA graduation stole, and recognition certificates from MANA de Imperial Valley, Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, Senator Steve Padilla, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia at the Imperial County Administrative Center. MANA de Imperial Valley is a nonprofit focused on empowering Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy. Ida Obeso Martinez, President stated, “MANA is honored to invest in our local students. Each scholarship we award is a step

towards unlocking the limitless potential within our next generation of leaders. We thank the community and our sponsors for the continued support of MANA de Imperial Valley”. Since 2007, MANA has awarded $260,500 in academic scholarships.

The Scholarship Program is coordinated by Martha Cardenas-Singh and Belen Granados. This year MANA offered college scholarships to twenty-seven high school graduates, two EOPS Transfer Scholarships for Imperial Valley College students, one Elsa Downs Imperial Valley College student in the Nursing Scholarship, and a San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus student.

Applicants were required to submit completed applications, a resume, and essays and demonstrate community involvement.

Scholarship recipients and their parents were addressed by Keynote Speaker Miranda Montenegro, an award-winning Latina filmmaker. Miranda was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, graduated from Southwest High School in 2016, and was selected as a recipient of the MANA de Imperial Valley College scholarship in 2016. Miranda graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Film, Television, and Digital Media. Miranda recently graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production.

The 2024 MANA Scholarship recipients included the following students:

Brawley High School:

Haleigh Wyatt

Genesis Kellerman

Abigail Lipis

Calexico High School

Camilia Garcia

America Munuz

Giselle Rosales

Miriam Espino

Central Union High School

Emily Cuevas

Kasey Hernandez

Myla Mora

Jose Vasquez Jr.

Chloe Adame

Katia Mejia

Holtville High School

Jarizeth Guerrero

Samantha Castaneda

Imperial High School

Iris Meono

Southwest High School

Paul Celaya

Alexa Granados

Roberto Gonzalez

Rosalinda Arellano

Arturo Nunez

Jaden Dorame

Nicole Ocampo

Alondra Rubio

Airis Lizarraga

Imperial Valley College -EOP Transfer

Dayanna -Michelle Cuevas

Misty Sandoval

Imperial Valley College -Nursing Program

Valeria Guzman

San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus

Bertha Frausto

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