Marilynda Bustamante

Marilynda Bustamante, honor student at Santa Ana Valley HS was the recipient of the Soroptimist International Santa Ana/Tustin, Jan C. Guy Scholarship through the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation. She is a step closer to becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist with almost two years of study at UCLA. Not only does she maintain her grades with a full load of classes, but works on the UCLA campus to support other students. “My responsibilities include providing culturally relevant personal peer counseling, guidance, and support for UCLA students in order to create self efficacy and student retention.

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I am in charge of planning, programming, and coordinating events focused around issues affecting the well being of our students.”
Frequently connecting with SI Santa Ana/Tustin and the Foundation with gratitude for the financial support,  she continually expresses appreciation for “empowering me to be successful through a college education“.

Edgar M. Contreras

Edgar M. Contreras graduated from Segerstrom High School. As a Jaguar, he managed to balance a rigorous course schedule, extracurricular activities, and even maintained a part- time job. Edgar was an active participant in The Wooden Floor organization for the past nine years. Edgar also has been an active member of the Santa Ana community where he serves as an organizer and supervisor for the children at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Retreat Center. Edgar plans to attend Santa Ana College in the fall and major in Biotechnology.

Marlyn Matus

Marlyn Matus, Valedictorian at Saddleback HS entered UCLA with the dream of becoming a neurologist. Adapting to a physically debilitating disease, she continues her academically challenging journey with success. “I consider a college education one of the greatest gateways for a successful future ; it will prepare me to reach my dreams, and hence, be capable of giving back to my community by helping children who also have neurological disorders”. Marlyn remains grateful to SI SA/T in partnership with the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation for honoring her with the Jan C. Guy Scholarship.

Elias Herrera

Elias Herrera graduated from Century High School with a cumulative 3.54 GPA. He participated in extracurricular activities such as soccer, volunteering at a local center assisting young students with homework, and has participated in a jury pool for the Orange County Peer Court. Elias has also been a Centurion Honoree all four years of his high school career. He is a very determined, focused, and hard- working student, who plans to pursue a degree in Mathematics.

Oscar Moran

Oscar Moran embodies what Godinez Fundamental is all about. Oscar was distinguished as a Champion of Character and an excellent student in the classroom. Oscar was also a Scholar Athlete as part of the most outstanding basketball team in the history of Godinez High School. Through his academic accomplishments, Oscar has been accepted to Vanguard University where he plans to study Kinesiology. His passion is to work as a Physical Therapist in the sports world, and help athletes recover from their injuries. He has been a model student who has a tremendous bright future.

Monique Damaris Torres

Monique Damaris Torres, a graduate of Valley High School, is determined to attend college and have a successful career. As a young mother with a baby daughter, she has learned to balance academics, school activities, and parenthood. As a track and field athlete or in personal goals, she cites her father as the person who always believed in her and supported her. Monique desires a college education in order to be an independent woman and to give her daughter a good future. She has applied to Cal State Fullerton and Orange Coast College in the field of early childhood education.

Daniel Macias

Daniel Macias has always been considered as an inspired young man who helps others. Even though family issues impacted him and he felt lost and questioned everything he had held important, Daniel persevered and was able to address personal issues and regain the stability and support he needed to continue to excel. Having regained his abilities and dreams, Daniel was accepted at Azusa-Pacific University where he will major in social work.

Melissa Arias

Melissa Arias graduated from Segerstrom High School with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and a weighted GPA of 4.5 due to her completion of many accelerated (AP) classes. She was a member of the California Scholarship Federation, was on the Principals’ Honor Roll, received awards for perfect attendance and was recognized as an AP Scholar. Melissa’s volunteer work ranges from working with South Coast Repertory, Ronald McDonald Charities, Bowers Museum, Walk for Autism Speaks and float decorator for the Rose Parade. She will be entering UCLA in the fall majoring in English. Melissa wishes to become a writer. Melissa was awarded the Jan C. Guy Soroptimist International of Santa Ana/Tustin Scholarship.

Janet Ortega

Janet is the older of two children, immigrated to the United States at six years old. With strong support and encouragement from her parents, Janet worked hard in school and is the first in her family to graduate from high school and go to college. Janet continues to push herself to achieve her goal of becoming a registered nurse.

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She would like to specialize in Pediatric Oncology and treat children who are suffering from cancer. In her first semester at SAC she received a 3.4 GPA and is part of the Freshmen Experience program. Janet was recently awarded an Adelante Year Two Scholarship. Janet has already started researching four-year universities and she plans to transfer and enroll in an RN program. Janet is a focused and determined young lady whose parents are very proud of her achievements.

Janet is maintaining enrollment at Santa Ana College during the spring 2015 semester, and demonstrates persistence despite challenges faced during the fall 2014 semester. She continues taking courses leading to earning an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assistance and anticipates completing the requirements in December of 2015. Janet is motivated to succeed and is also taking bank teller courses to increase her chances of entering the workforce after graduation. She adds, “because of the scholarship I was able to purchase the textbooks I needed for my classes.”

Dario A. Navarro

Dario A. Navarro is an Adelante Scholarship award winner, made possible through the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation. As a first-generation college student at Santa Ana College, Dario is determined to become an Orthodontist. He continues to take courses necessary to transfer to University of California, Irvine (UCI)

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and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. “I am excited to be one year away from transferring,” added Dario. Aside from his academic responsibilities, he is engaged on campus and forms part of the Adelante Club and Student Ambassador program. His hard work and dedication is fueled by his devotion to help his family and have a better future. He believes, “working hard is key to success…I will continue to strive to accomplish my dream of one day having a degree to help those around me.”

Jesus Guerrero

Jesus Guerrero is an Adelante Scholarship award winner, made possible through the Santa Ana Public School Foundation. His goals and aspirations have been influenced by the “big hopes of a better life” that his parents had for him and his siblings. He became a curios and hardworking young man who’s determination lead him to graduate with honors form Saddleback High School in 2012.

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Jesus is the first in his family to attend college. He is very grateful to the Adelante Program for providing further direction, motivation, and financial support to help him achieve his goal of completing his first two years of higher education at Santa Ana College. Jesus became well-rounded and developed his leadership skills as a student Senator of the Associated Student Government and as a graduate of the 2013 Student Leadership Institute. Jesus now describes himself as outgoing, energetic, determined, and ambitious. He has successfully transferred to San Francisco State where he continues to reach his goals.