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In 2019 LBSA Fund gave out $15,000 to 11 amazing LBSA students.

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2019 Soledad Voss Scholarship –  $4,000 In honor of one of our LBSA Alumni.

Magali Venegas – An undocumented Mexicana who intends to earn a space in the Haas School of Business. She joined LBSA her freshman year as intern for the Public Relations Committee. During her spring semester she became Director of Marketing and now as a sophomore she serves as VP of Professional Development. LBSA helped Magali land her first internship with KPMG this past summer.

Her experience serving low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students through the Educational Opportunity Program serves as a source of inspiration for her future non-profit organization. She plans to establish an outreach program for students and parents to guide their plans toward higher education.

2019 Gold Scholarship Recipients – $2,000

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Maria Ortega –  Maria Ortega is a student at UC Berkeley double majoring in Business Administration and Environmental Economics & Policy. She is originally from Jalisco, Mexico and moved to San Francisco when she was eleven. She most recently interned at Citi Bank within the Commerical Banking Division servicing the TMT industry.

Her past work experience includes assisting an educational software company in Madrid as they planned an expansion to the U.S. market. Over the past year, Maria developed and taught a class on Corporate Social Responsibility for fellow UC Berkeley students. She also served Co VP of Alumni Relations for LBSAin line with my goals of helping Latinos advance through business and advancing my own organizational and problem-solving skills.

She plans to pursue a career combining her interests in business and sustainability and she is excited to enter her last semester at UC Berkeley!

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Claudia Diaz Throughout her time at Cal, Claudia has been a leader in Hermanas Unidas, an organization that focuses on the recruitment and retention of Latinas in Higher Education and is currently a RepresentED Leadership Fellow.

Closest to her heart is her participation in Alternative Break’s public service trips where she focused on reinstating voting rights of formerly incarcerated individuals. In addition, she helped bring resources and justice to the communities disproportionately affected by Hurricane Katrina. This past spring break, she traveled to Puerto Rico to work with two environmental-justice organizations focused on rural areas that were neglected after Hurricane Maria. Upon graduating, she hopes to continue this passion of giving back to neglected and underserved communities.

2019 Silver Scholarship Recipients – $1,000

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Joseph Avila-Vargas Joseph Emmanuel Avila-Vargas (Manny) is a recent graduate from the Haas School of Business, where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. As a first year at UC Berkeley, Manny sought out LBSA and other professional Latinx organizations in order to seek guidance and mentorship. Manny is a first-generation college student so throughout his teenage years and throughout college, he sought out working professionals to learn from them and foster his individual growth.

Upon being admitted to Haas, Manny continuously returned to LBSA and other Latinx spaces to share his journey and help prospective business majors. Manny was also the Executive Director of the Raíces Recruitment and Retention Center where he sought to demystify higher education with the hope of giving back to the Latinx community. Manny is a firm believer that having access to mentors can facilitate an individual’s journey to success, so he is committed to helping other students, who like himself felt like support was inaccessible. This summer, Manny is interning at Gilead Sciences Inc. where he hopes to gain more experience in the Biotech field with the eventual goal of pursing a Master’s degree and making health services more accessible to underrepresented minorities.

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Aleksandar Komatina Snce joining LBSA his freshman year, Aleksandar has been thankful for the opportunities that LBSA has presented him such as landing an internship at KPMG his freshman year. He has held various positions within the Finance and Professional Development Committees including being the treasurer and has also organized various professional panels to introduce students to various career paths.

As an incoming senior in the Economics Department, Aleksandar has continued interning at KPMG within the Deal Advisory Department and aspires to pursue a career in M&A and consulting. In his spare time, he his heavily involved with being the VP of Finance for Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity by being in charge of all financial decisions and ensuring that cooperative housing situations at Berkeley are accessible for all students regardless of socioeconomic status through creating tailored payment plans or non monetary settlements.

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Diego Corona Diego has been involved in LBSA since his freshman year and has actively been a part of the Investment Committee. Throughout two semesters, he analyzed companies’ annual reports and financial statements to optimize returns and increase LBSA’s funds. As a rising sophomore, Diego looks forward to continue to intellectually grow in the Investment Committee and participate in outside internships and clubs in order to reach his goal of achieving a degree in Business Administration. His goal is to emphasize the importance of investing and banking in low-income communities to increase home ownership and financial literacy.

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Lorenzo Cancel Lorenzo is currently a senior studying Economics. Originally from El Centro—a town that borders Mexico—he spent most of his time in Mexicali, MX where he developed a passion towards empowering others on their educational journey. He has worked with Driven Academics, an education start-up company, for over two years now and he started a program that has given over $6,000 in scholarships. He joined LBSA in the Fall of 2019 and this past summer he interned at Apple in the Corporate Finance group. His post-graduation goals include continuing to explore a career in Corporate Finance as well as furthering Driven Academics mission by continuing to build upon it. His life long goal however, is to combine his corporate and start-up experience to become an entrepreneur.

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Daniela Rodriguez Daniela Rodriguez is a first generation college student going into her second year. She hopes to pursue a double major in Political Economy and Legal Studies. Since her arrival on campus, she has been involved with LBSA and most recently served as an intern for the Professional Development Committee as well as the External Affairs Committee. Ultimately, her goal is to work in Financial Services and she hopes to expand her knowledge of the industry by interning at KPMG this summer.

Natalia Urbina5x7Natalia Nava-Urbina As a freshman, Natalia joined LBSA’s finance committee and is this upcoming years VP of Alumni Relations. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized communities and during her first year taught catechism to children in first-grade from the Berkeley Community. She is an intended Business Administration major and her career aspirations revolve around finance and entrepreneurship. Ultimately, her long-term goal is to acquire enough knowledge and have enough resources at her disposal to open an affordable healthcare facility that will offer services to low-income communities.

2019 Bronze Scholarship Recipients – $500

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Cesar Barajas Cesar recently completed his freshman year at Cal and he intends to double-major in Economics and Data Science. In addition, he has been involved with LBSA across different committees, Finance and Operations. His passions revolve around helping others achieve their educational goals, especially those who grew up with similar barriers. For this reason, most of his community involvement has been helping low-income minorities become knowledgeable on what it takes to be admitted to a university of Cal’s caliber. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in tech and continuing to aid the underprivileged in a more impactful way.

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Allyson Pineda Allyson is a first generation Colombian who moved to the United States five years ago. She transferred to UC Berkeley in 2017 and she is majoring in Political Economy with a concentration in International Trade.

Since her arrival on campus, she’s been involved in a number of committees in LBSA where she has had the opportunity to receive and give knowledge. She is thankful for the organization for having helped her secure an internship at Visa where she will be working in representation of Latin American communities.

In regards to her personal life, her biggest motivator is her younger brother who has dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer and she is passionate about seeking new experiences.

2018 Soledad Voss Scholarship –  $3,500 In honor of one of our LBSA Alumni.

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Angelina Zevallos – As a freshman, Angelina served as an intern across LBSA committees. She credits her involvement in the club with helping her secure a spot in Deloitte’s Pioneer Internship this past summer and for exposing her to the recruitment process at top firms. As a rising sophomore, she looks forward to continuing to expand her network, applying to the Haas School of Business, and serving as the VP of External Affairs.

2018 Gold Scholarship Recipients – $2,500

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Xiu Ying Li Yu  – Having immigrated to the Bay Area without her parents at the age of 13, Xiu made it her goal to pursue higher education, despite the language and financial barriers. Her experiences inspired her to develop financial and educational resources to give back to immigrants and underrepresented minorities. As a member of LBSA, she contributed to several committees, served on the board, and helped students gain admission to the Haas School of Business.

The impact of her efforts have motivated her to continue to give back to the community through her professional career. Upon graduating, she hopes to become a business consultant for small local businesses and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the corporate world.

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Maria Ortega – Since joining LBSA as a freshman, Maria has consistently been involved with LBSA. She previously served on board as the Executive Administrator where she welcomed new members as well as coordinating the undergraduate mentorship program. This upcoming year she will be serving as the Co-VP of Alumni Relations where she hopes to continue to strengthen ties with the alumni network.

Outside of LBSA, she is a double major in Business Administration and Environmental Economics who is passionate about sustainability. She hopes to share this passion with others this Fall semester in a Corporate Social Responsibility decal she will be leading.

2018 Silver Scholarship Recipients – $1,500

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Nicolas Ontiveros – A Bay Area local, rising junior Nicolas Ontiveros previously served as LBSA’s VP of Finance. Within this position, he took it upon himself to establish an investment fund that allowed traditionally disempowered LBSA members to gain experience investing.

In addition to LBSA, he is also a member of UC Berkeley’s Roller Hockey Club Team and he aspires to be an operational or marketing consultant.

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David ‘Dale’ Aguilar  – David’s experience with LBSA predates his time at Cal. As a senior in high school, he proactively reached out to a former board member, who then helped him with his application. Since then, he has held multiple committee positions, previously served on board as Marketing Director, and will serve as the VP of Internal Affairs this year.

He’s held internships at Facebook and Google and he aims to continue to increase the representation of Latinxs and Queer people of color in tech

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Daniel Shaby – Daniel is a rising senior at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Public Health. He is passionate about helping disadvantaged communities through the lens of public health education. Through LBSA, he has participated in the Community Affairs committee for two semesters and he has helped educate high school students on resume building and college preparation.


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Kenia De La Cruz – Kenia has been involved with LBSA since her freshman year, where she was a part of the Finance and External Affair committees. After her first semester, she went on to serve as Director of Marketing and will continue to serve her sophomore year as LBSA’s Executive Administrator. Outside of the organization, Kenia is passionate about sharing her experiences and serving as a mentor to those with similar backgrounds. In one of her most recent experiences, she served as a mentor for Wells Fargo Fellows and she was invited to participate in the conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

She intends to major in Environmental Economics and Policy and she aspires to attain a career in marketing after graduating—where she aims to tackle strategic and creative problems.

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Francisco Gomez – Entering his fourth year as a major in Political Economy, Francisco has consistently given back to underrepresented communities throughout his college career. In the past he has served on the LBSA board and has continued his involvement by participating in workshops, socials, and professional development related activities. Outside of Cal, he organizes professional development and accounting/finance workshops at his old high school where the aim is to provide motivation to young students seeking higher education.

This past summer he had the opportunity to work at Goldman Sachs and he hopes to pursue a position in portfolio strategy for a large hedge fund focused firm in the future.

Maribel 5x7Maribel Juarez Vargas – Hailing from a small town in the Central Valley whose population is only 2,000 people, Maribel has been involved in LBSA since freshman year. Initially serving on the Finance committee and later serving on board on multiple occasions, Maribel is now an incoming junior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Global Poverty and Practices. It wasn’t until her arrival in Berkeley and involvement in LBSA where she began to realize the lack of educational and professional diversity in her community. As a result, her career goals revolve around promoting Corporate Social Responsibility in underprivileged communities.

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Mago Peña – Mago is currently a rising senior studying Political Economy with a minor in Rhetoric. He has been heavily involved with LBSA since sophomore year and he has previously served as VP of External Affairs. This upcoming year he will serve as President of the organization and he looks forward to elevating LBSA’s presence on campus and furthering its mission.

Upon graduating, he hopes to work in market research of hardware products for prominent tech companies that are committed to facilitating peoples lives.

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Belinda Hernandez – Throughout college, Belinda has had a strong track record of giving back to those that are underrepresented. As a freshman, she volunteered at the YWCA’s TechGirls program, where she created and led weekly STEM activities for low-income children. During her second year in college, she became a part of LBSA’s External Affairs and Community Affairs committees and continued to give back. She helped organize community service events aimed at improving high school students’ professional development and helping them further develop their networking skills.

Now an incoming Junior majoring in Economics, Belinda’s goal is to help educate low-income families and small businesses on financial literacy, to help them improve their standard of living.

Scholarship Recipients Pre-2018

Soledad Voss Scholarship- $2,000 In honor of one of our LBSA Alumni.

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Jazary Olvera – A transfer student from DeAnza College into Haas, she will participant in the SEO career program this summer in NYC. Going against her mother’s wishes of wanting her to work rather than attend school, Jazary moved out of her house at age 18 in order to pursue her education. Her goal is to now “empower other Latinas (who) may have also been sheltered by a community which disregards the significance of a higher education”.


Silver Scholarship Recipients – $1,000

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Ulises Mendoza – Emphasizing on mentorship his efforts on the student board focused on expanding the mentorship base for students to help increase diversity at Haas. He is a believer in the impact of both peer and professional mentors and has made many contributions to strengthen mentorship programs within LBSA.



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Carolina Rosas – Joined LBSA as a freshman and rapidly became a leader joining the student board as the historian during her first year. Afterwards she gave back to the community by organizing multiple events as the Community Affairs director that allowed LBSA to volunteer on-site at the Boys and Girls Club and holding fundraisers for non profit organizations.


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Ariadne Valadez – From a town of 800 people called Tranquility in the Central Valley of California. Joining the LBSA student board early in her tenure at UC Berkeley she became the executive administrator as a sophomore.




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Tania Velasco – As a junior in college Tania spearheaded the Haas Mentorship Workshop in which business majors were paired with pre-business majors aiming to increase diversity at the Haas School of Business. She is certain that LBSA will be able to increase the amount of Latino applicants into Haas with these types of programs.



To read more about these amazing students and their thank you letters to our donors.