Since the inception of the Alumni Fund we have given out over $107,000 in scholarships used for educational and living purposes! Every year we give at least 5 scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000.
In 2019 LBSA Fund gave out $15,000 to 11 amazing LBSA students.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
To read more about these amazing students and their thank you letters to our donors.