PEP scholars named for 2019

Photo courtesy of city of Paramount

The Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) awards annual college scholarships 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.


This year a record 46 scholarships were awarded for $144,000 overall. Nearly $1.2 million has been given to students since the scholarships began.


Congratulations to the following individuals (with the school they will attend) received a PEP college scholarship for 2019.


Andrea Balderas
UC, Irvine

Evelyn Banuelos
Cerritos College

Ruby Carbajal

Zaira Carrera
UC, Santa Cruz

Daphne Collin
UC, Santa Barbara

Stephanie Duarte
Cerritos College

Christopher Duran

William Estrada

Kelly Florimon
Ursuline College

Stephanie Garcia
Long Beach City College

Joseph Garcia
UC, Irvine

Daniel Garcia Ramirez
Cerritos College

Gloria Gonzales

Jenny Gonzales

Nailene Gonzales
UC, Irvine

Luisa Gonzalez
UC, Irvine

Eric Hernandez
UC, Santa Cruz

Taleesa Jackson
Howard University

Yanet Lopez
UC, Santa Barbara

Ricardo Maravilla
UC, San Diego

Andrea Mercado
UC, Irvine

Melissa Munoz

Judith Murillo

Tiara Nunez

Marlene Ortiz Rios
UC, Riverside

Brandon Pastelin

Ethan Persi
Loyola Marymount University

Drew Pickett
UC, Irvine

Elizabeth Reyes
Cerritos College

Gisselle Rios

Andromeda Rodriguez
Cerritos College

Anthony Rodriguez
Mount St. Mary’s Los Angeles

Karla Rodriguez Picasso

Nancee Rodriguez
Whittier College

Jennifer Ruiz

Briana Ruiz
UC, Irvine

Daisy Santiago

Marionna Smith
Cerritos College

Marisol Torres

Daniela Torres

Michael Torres
John Hopkins Peabody Institute

Angie Vazquez

Anthony Yepez

Angela Zamudio
Vanguard University

Gerardo Zaragoza


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 scholarships a reality for our students.



Pennies for PEP – Paramount Unified School District



Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc.

Weber Metals, an Otto Fuchs Company

World Energy



R&N Kroeze Family Giving & Legacy Fund



Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc.

Mattco Forge, Inc.

Mujeres Unidas Sirviendo Activamente (MUSA)

Willdan Group, Inc.



Carlton Forge Works



Kenny’s Auto Services



CalMet Services, Inc.

Daryl and Barbra Hofmeyer

Kenny’s Auto Service

Zamboni Company



Casa Gamino Family Restaurant, Inc.

Dr. Max Martinez, DDS

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Horchateria Rio Luna


$500 and Under

Charles and Margaret Garcia

DeMaria Electric Motor Services, Inc.

Guillen Investment Properties

Ink Head Designs & Prints

MDS Associates, Inc.

Paramount Chamber of Commerce

The Office of Assemblymember Anthony Rendon

Vivian and Tom Hansen