RFA/USC Caldwell Scholars 2016-2017

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Silvia Gomez: Silvia starts her senior year in September. She majors in Business Administration. She is the first from her large family 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. For the past few summers, Sylvia has devoted her time to an internship at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.


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. Mousael majors in psychology and organizational philanthropy.



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 vacationshe 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. Joshua served as a Financial Analyst Intern at 21st Century Fox Studios.


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:  As a student at Thomas Jefferson High School, she took summer classes at USC via the Upward Bound Program and Project Bridge Programs. She was awarded a trip to South Korean for study. Brenda played alto and tenor saxophones for the Jazz Band, and taught middle and high school students how to read music and play instruments. She also participated in Academic Decathlon competitions. Brenda plans to major in English and pursue a career as a foreign language English teacher.


Mariela Cardenas: Mariela was the Valedictorian for her June 2016 graduating class at Belmont High School. She received numerous academic honors such as the High Honors Award for her GPA, named a College Board AP Scholar. Mariela  helped create the Belmont High School yearbook, conducted interviews, wrote articles for the school newspaper and acted as treasurer. Mariela volunteered at Pico Union Library where she prepared daily meals for neighborhood children and engaged them in various learning activities. Mariela plans to major in English, minor in Film with an emphasis on creative writing. She began classes at USC during the summer.