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Celebrity Speakers Join PSU Students at Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala, Oct. 27
Author: Haili J. Graff, Office of University Communications, 503-725-3711
Posted: October 23, 2007

High-achieving Chicano/Latino students from Portland State University will be honored at the 11th annual Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala on Saturday, October 27, 2007.

The gala, sponsored by PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will award scholarships of $1000–$5000 for academic achievement and community involvement to 31 of PSU’s stellar Chicano/Latino students (listed below). The event, held at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.), starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and speakers at 7:30 p.m.

The gala includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, celebrity guest speaker Eddie Martinez and keynote speaker Gregory Nava. Martinez is a renowned musician and lead guitarist who has worked with performers such as Tina Turner, Mick Jagger and Cher. Keynote speaker Gregory Nava is producer and director of the PBS series “American Family,” which received an Emmy nomination for outstanding miniseries in 2002. His film credits include “Mi Familia” and “Selena.”

Since its commencement in 1997, the gala has raised more than $200,000 in scholarship awards. The event recognizes the achievements of the Chicano/Latino community and provides an opportunity for corporations, organizations and individuals to invest in the education of the fastest-growing ethnic population in Oregon and the United States. For more information about the gala, please contact Maria Alanis Ruiz at 503-725-4447 or visit www.psulatinogala.org.
 

2007 Chicano/Latino Scholars

 

Victor Salinas: Salinas is an Education major from Portland. He will receive a scholarship from State Farm Insurance.

 

Stefanie Cruz: Cruz is majoring in Sociology. She is from Portland, and will receive a scholarship from the Oregon State Lottery.

Michael Monzon:
Monzon is a Real Estate Finance major. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Point West Credit Union.

Jesus Murillo:
Murillo is a Business major from Portland. He will receive a scholarship from Fred Meyer.

Mirna Cibrian: Cibrian is majoring in Child and Family Studies. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Fred Meyer.

Rolando Avila:
Avila is a Sociology major from Portland. He will receive a scholarship from Portland General Electric.

Yolanda Flores: Flores is majoring in Social Sciences. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association.

Tania Sanchez:
Sanchez is a Spanish major from Tigard. She will receive a scholarship from Town and Country/DMCA.

Arturo Garcia:
Garcia is majoring in Mathematics. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Wells Fargo.

Maribel Mora:
Mora is a Communications major from Portland. She will receive a scholarship from La Pantera Radio.

Natalie Caceres:
Caceres is majoring in Architecture. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Town and Country/DMCA.

Anthony Villarreal:
Villarreal is majoring in Communications. He is from Woodburn and will receive a scholarship from Univision.

Vanessa Hernandez: Hernandez is a Child and Family Studies major from Portland. She will receive a scholarship from Northwest Natural.

Mayra Gomez Lopez:
Lopez is majoring in Nursing. She is from Hermiston and will receive a scholarship from Providence Health Systems.

Alfredo Medina:
Medina is majoring in Psychology. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from State Farm Insurance.

Julie Caceres:
Caceres is a Social Studies major from Portland. She will receive a scholarship from the Oregon State Lottery.

Sindy Avila: Avila is majoring in Women’s Studies. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from American Family Insurance.

Yasmin Estevez: Estevez is majoring in International Studies. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from American Family Insurance.

Johnathan Warner: Warner is a Business major from Portland. He will receive a scholarship from Wells Fargo.

Richard Acuña-Lujan:
Acuña-Lujan is majoring in Education. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from the Jose Romero Endowment.

Maricela “Natali” Harrera: Harrera is a Criminal Justice major from Woodburn. She will receive a scholarship from the Portland Development Commission.

Alma Morales-Galicia:
Morales-Galicia is a General Management major from Portland. She will receive a scholarship from Point West Credit Union.

Eric Cartagena: Cartagena is majoring in Sociology. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Fama Promotions.

Luz Maria Hernandez: Hernandez is a Criminal Justice major from Portland, and will receive a scholarship from Squires & Lopez.

Karla Halloran Santana:
Halloran Santana is majoring in Molecular Biology. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Providence Health Systems.

Yolanda Raya: Raya is majoring in Administrative Justice. She is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Squires & Lopez.

Dulce Mendiola: Mendiola is an International Studies major from Portland, and will receive a scholarship from the Portland Development Commission.

Antonio Felipe Ausncion:
Ausncion is double-majoring in Spanish and Communications. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from Noticias Latinas.

Elda Hernandez: Hernandez is a Marketing and Management major from Portland. She will receive a scholarship from the Unitus Community Credit Union.

Cristina Perry Gonzales: Gonzales is a Social Science major from Portland. She will receive a scholarship from the Oregon State Lottery.

Rodolfo Serna: Serna is majoring in Fine and Performing Arts. He is from Portland and will receive a scholarship from the Ventura Group/Sierra Family.

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Source: Maria Alanis Ruiz (503-725-4447)
PSU Chicano/Latino Studies Program