2018 PEP Scholars, Donors


The Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) has been giving out college scholarships for 14 years to Paramount students attending a two- or four-year college or technical school. The amounts range from $1,000 to $4,000. Selection of the recipients is based on academics, an essay, outside activities, future goals, and economic need.

The program has been made possible in the most part due to generous support from the local business community at the annual fundraiser, as well as other smaller fundraising efforts throughout the year.

This year record 42 scholarships were awarded for $140,000 overall. That figure puts PEP over the $1 million mark of money given to students since the scholarships began.

They were recognized by the Paramount City Council, Paramount Unified Board of Education, and the PEP Foundation Board of Directors at the May 1 City Council meeting.

The following individuals (with the school they will attend) received a PEP college scholarship for 2018.

Cesar Arzate, UCLA

Jessica Avalos, Cerritos College

Maricarmen Ayala, UCLA

Alyssa Baca, Cal State Long Beach

Arellys Burgos, UCLA

Andrea Cardenas, Cal State Long Beach

Zarelia Anahi Carrera, Cal State Long Beach

Dianna Chaidez, UC Santa Barbara

Karina Cortes-Garcia, UC Irvine

NitzeCuarenta, Mount Saint Mary’s

Klara Doe, San Jose State

Christopher Duran, UCLA

Pablo Esparza, UCLA

Michael Gomez, Cal State Northridge

Esmeralda Herrera, Long Beach City College

Liset Huerta-Sanchez, Cal State Long Beach

Rosemelly Jimenez-Medal, UC Merced

Juan Lopez-Villarreal, Cal State Long Beach

Bryanna Macias, UC Santa Barbara

Cristiline Magana, Cerritos College

Yoana Martinez, UC Irvine

Isaac Mena, UC Irvine

Melissa Montoya, UC Santa Barbara

Carlos Moreno, UC Irvine

Ezekiel Moreno, San Jose State

Omar Munoz, UC Irvine

Judith Murillo, UCLA

Bryanna Paz, UC Berkeley

Chloe Phanuekthong, UC Irvine

Aniela Ramirez, UCLA

Jasmin Ramos, UC Irvine

Luisa Robles, UC Davis

Kassidy Rodriguez, UC Berkeley

Karla Rodriguez-Picasso, UC Irvine

Cecilia Saenz, Cal Poly Pomona

Paulina Salas, Cal State Dominguez Hills

Derick Salladay-Perez, UC Davis

Yesenia Sifuentes, Cal State Long Beach

Javier Solorzano, Cerritos College

Danny Vazquez, Cerritos College

Briana Villaverde, UC Irvine

Vincent Wirch, Azusa Pacific


Thank You, PEP Donors!

The Paramount Education Partnership and the City of Paramount express their thanks and gratitude to the following donors who helped make this year’s scholarship a reality for our students:


Pennies for PEP – Paramount Unified School District


Weber Metals, an Otto Fuchs Company


Alt Air Paramount

Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.


R & N Kroeze Family Trust


FENICO Precision Castings, Inc.

Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc.

Mattco Forge, Inc.

Willdan Group, Inc.


Carlton Forge Works

County of Los Angeles, Supervisor Janice Hahn’s Office


CalMet Services, Inc.



Charles & Margaret Garcia

Daryl & Barbra Hofmeyer

Kenny’s Auto Service

SC Fuels

Zamboni Company


The Office of Assemblymember Anthony Rendon

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo

Dr. Max Martinez, DDS

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Guillen Investment Properties

Gus’s Deli BBQ & Grill

Horchateria Rio Luna

Ink Head Prints

Paramount Elks, 1804

RMI International

The Paramount Community Coalition Against Toxics

$499 and Under

DeMaria Electric Motor Services, Inc.

Gamma Zeta Delta Kappa Gamma Society

Jill & Carlos Gutierrez

Vivian & Tom Hansen

New York Life Insurance, Christopher T. Hicks

Peggy Lemons

Beatrice Proo


John & Marsha Zuldervaart

Event Sponsors

City of Paramount

Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.

Paramount Unified School District

Restaurant Fundraising Sponsors Through the Year

Alondra Hot Wings


Gus’s Deli BBQ & Grill

Horchateria Rio Luna