Retired Faculty Association honors 2016-2017 Caldwell Scholars

For many years, the RFA has sponsored (along with USC’s Office of Financial Aid) the Caldwell Neighborhood Scholarship Program. The program is thriving, and on May 5, RFA honored the current cohort of Caldwell Scholars at a noontime luncheon.

The scholars are selected from students who had graduated from neighborhood schools and who had been admitted to USC undergraduate programs.

This year’s slate of Caldwell Scholars include:

Silvia Gomez: Silvia is a junior from Belmont High School with a major in Business Administration. She is the first from her large family (eight siblings in all) to go to college. She is active in intramural sports and is a member of the Best Buddies Club – a support organization for special needs students in  her local community.

Mousael Rosa Louis: Mousael graduated from Dorsey High School in 2015 at the top of her class. She was a Los Angeles City champion in varsity track and served as captain of the varsity volleyball team.  She participated in Teen Court, a program of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and was a Dorsey peer counselor. Immediately after graduation, Mousael headed to USC to take summer classes. She will major in Mechanical Engineering.

Carlos Marin: Carlos entered USC in 2015 from Thomas Jefferson High School where he was the class valedictorian.  At Jefferson, he was president of the Student Health Advocacy Club and an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. After graduating from USC, he plans to pursue a career in the United States Air Force.

Joshua Park: Joshua came to USC from Belmont High School and is starting his senior year in the Marshall School of Business. During summers and vacations he has been active in the Korean-American Campus Mission, and in Amor Ministries dedicated to those in need in the Philippines and Mexico. He hopes for a career in public service.

Gwang Neung (Daniel) Kim: Daniel arrived at USC with honors from Belmont High School and is a junior majoring in psychology and Computer Science. He spent his first year at USC exploring courses in communications, philosophy and Russian political thought. Daniel is active in community service projects with his church donating to needy families in areas of Los Angeles and Mexico.

 Brenda Lili Apreza:  A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, Brenda is no stranger to USC. While in high school, she took summer classes via USC’s Upward Bound and Project Bridge Programs. In Project Bridge, designed to build bridges between various ethnic/cultural communities, she was a designated Youth Ambassador whose work centered on U.S. – South Korea relations. She was awarded a trip to study in South Korea. At Jefferson, Brenda was a section leader for woodwinds in the Marching Band, played alto/tenor sax for the Jazz Band and participated in Academic Decathlon competitions. She received a Most Outstanding Award for academic excellence in statistics and an Outstanding Achievement Award for her writing skills from USC’s Upward Bound Program. Her numerous community service activities included the Woodcraft Rangers where she visited middle schools to teach students how to read music and play instruments. She will start her college career at USC this summer with plans to major in English for a career as a foreign language English teacher.

Mariela Cardenas: Mariela was the Valedictorian for her June 2016 graduating class at Belmont High School. While at Belmont, Mariela received numerous academic honors such as the High Honors Award  for her GPA, named a College Board AP Scholar and voted the 2013-2014 Academic Student of the  Month by her teachers. Mariela  helped create the Belmont High School yearbook, conducted interviews   and wrote articles for the school newspaper and acted as treasurer for the Multimedia Leadership Council. During her junior year in high school, Mariela volunteered at Pico Union Library where she prepared daily meals for neighborhood children and engaged them in various learning activities. At USC, Mariela plans to major in English, minor in Film with an emphasis on creative writing. She will attend classes at USC during the summer.