Scholarships

CCNMA scholarship gave LA Times’ Hector Becerra confidence to pursue journalism

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I was the Editor-in-Chief of Cal State Los Angeles’ University Times newspaper when I won my first major journalism scholarship. It was a Ruben Salazar award from CCNMA.

The scholarship was significant for a variety reasons, not the least of which was that I had stumbled into working at the college newspaper and I wasn’t completely sure what profession I would pursue.

When I got the CCNMA scholarship, it validated that journalism was my future.

It was a confidence boost, and the next year, I landed my first professional internship at The Tennessean, in Nashville. Soon after, I got an internship at the Los Angeles Times, where I was eventually hired.

I was fortunate to win a few more journalism scholarships after my CCNMA award, but it was the latter that first signaled to me that I had found my calling.

It’s essential that student journalists apply both for scholarships and internships. One validates your good work, and any professional journalist who tells you that it is not important is lying. The other gives you the hands-on experience that you need as a reporter, whether in print, TV, radio, digital or something in between.

Winning a CCNMA scholarship was like crossing an important threshold for me. It was a beginning.

Hector Becerra, who now writes for the Los Angeles Times, received a CCNMA Ruben Salazar scholarship in 1996.

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2013 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Miranda Ceja
San Marcos, CA
Mission Hills High School/
California State University, Long Beach

Amada Villalobos
Santa Maria, CA
Pioneer High School/
San Francisco State University

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Cynthia Vargas-Recio
Pomona, CA
San Dimas High School/California State University, Fullerton

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Jeanette Ramirez
Long Beach, CA
Millikan High School/California State University, Long Beach

George Ramos Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Carreon
South El Monte,CA
South El Monte High School/Mills College

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Nathalie Vera
Van Nuys, CA
UC Santa Barbara

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2012 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2012 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

George Ramos Scholarship

Jeffrey Gonzalez
Redwood City, CA
College of San Mateo/San Jose University

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Mendoza
Chula Vista, CA
Southwestern College/San Jose State University

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Gladys Rosario
Oceanside, CA
El Camino H.S./UC Berkeley

Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Scholarship

Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez
Lakewood, CA
Mayfair H.S./Cal State Fullerton

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Justyna Torres
Union City, CA
James Logan H.S./NYU

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2011 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Adam Perez
Visalia, CA
USC Annenbeg School for Communication & Journalism/
Columbia University

George Ramos Scholarship

Dayana Contreras
Fresno, CA
Roosevelt High School/
Fresno State University

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Gustavo Gutierrez
Long Beach, CA
USC Annenbeg School for Communication & Journalism

Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Scholarship

Sheila Lopez
Watsonville, CA
Watsonville High School/San Jose State University

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Bidejefki Marenco
Modesto, CA
San Francisco State University

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Eric Ysea
San Diego, CA
Mesa Community College

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2010 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2010 CCNMA Scholarship Recipients

Cindy Ortiz
Glendale, CA
Biola University

Amanda Rivas
San Jose, CA
University of San Francisco

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Julian Burrell
Corona, CA
Santiago High School

The California Wellness Foundation Scholarship

Almendra Carpizo
Chula Vista, CA
California State University, Chico

Felix J. Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Juan De Anda
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento City College

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Elma Gonzalez
Chula Vista, CA
Southwest High School

Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship

Alexis Terrazas
Daly City, CA
San Francisco State University

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