Mente Summit
2022 Scholarship Recipients

For every five associate and bachelor degrees awarded to the Latinx community, only two are awarded to Latinx males, and it is projected that if left ignored, this gap could more than double by the year 2040. The purpose of the MENTE Summit Scholarship is to encourage and provide Latinx student males the opportunity to further their academic and technical potential as they prepare to become future leaders. 2020 marks the first year the MENTE Summit awards eight $1000 scholarships to five high school students and three college students. 

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Tristan Flores-Carley

Tristan Flores-Carley is an 18 years old first-generation college student and freshman at Portland State University majoring in Applied Linguistics and minoring in Spanish. Tristan was able to make it through the barriers which hold many back from a higher education with the help of college possible. With a love for his community and hopes to see them succeed, Tristan hopes that after college he can work as an English second language teacher in order to better help his community reach that future.

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José Manuel Resendiz Flores

My name is Jose Resendiz Flores. I am a proud first-generation undocumented student at Portland State University. I was born just outside of Mexico City, Mexico, but was raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, from the age of five. I plan on graduating with a Business double major in Advertising and Management. I hope to help grow and expand my parent's small cleaning and painting company after college. I want to thank the constant support and motivation I have received from my family for helping shape the person I am today.

Jonathan Vazquez

Jonathan Vázquez

Jonathan Vazquez Is the first in his family to graduate high school and attend University. He was born in Ventura, California but spent the first years of his life in Mexico. And ever since then he has spent his life going back and forth developing a rich understanding of the forces that pull and push individuals to migrate to the US. Driving him to further his education in order to help migrant communities. Now he is a third-year student at the University of Oregon where he is majoring in Global Studies with a specialization in law and human rights.

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Daniel Carillo

I was born in Toppenish, WA, on the Yakama Reservation. I had a graduation class of 42 students from White Swan high school. I am one of the few students who have gone to college and the first in my family to go to college; I'm proud to be a first-generation student! I am studying public health with an emphasis on community health promotion in hopes of using that degree to bring about healthier changes to low-income communities in Portland. I also strive to create a youth program called DreamMakers that focuses on using scientific research to strengthen resiliency in youth from low-income and minority communities.

Canden Gutierrez

Canden Gutiérrez

My name is Canden Gutierrez, and I am a queer first-generation Latinx student from Hermiston, OR. I am a third year here at the University of Oregon studying Advertising and Cinema Studies. My involvements include being the Vice President of University Film Organization, being the Outreach Assistant for the Multicultural Center, and working for SAIL over the summer helping underprivileged students achieve higher education. I have dedicated my work to creative and documentary filmmaking all while telling stories that demand to be told. I will be applying these skills this summer as production intern for Rain the Growth agency in Portland, OR. I am excited to join the Mente family, and I am excited to see what is in store for our thriving community.

Anthony Mendez

Anthony Méndez

Anthony Josue Mendez Is from Guatemala. He came to the United States in 2017. Anthony Graduated from Beaverton High School in 2019. After that, He went for 2 years to Portland Community College, and now he is attending Wester Oregon university. Anthony is Bilingual, He speaks Spanish and English. Anthony is a first-generation, and his dream is to come back to Beaverton High School as a math teacher. He is also doing a minor in ESOL. His favorite sport is soccer, and his passion is to teach and help others.

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Ángel Zamores

Angel Zamores is a 22-year-old first generation college student and a junior at Southern Oregon University. Angel was born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. He and his family lived in Camarillo, California and moved to Oregon in 2013. He is currently pursuing a degree in public accounting and a minor in Spanish with the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the future. With his CPA license he hopes to one day be a reliable asset to the Latinx community in Southern Oregon. Angel was also part of the Men’s Soccer team at Southern Oregon University his freshman year, but is now focusing on his academic career. He will be graduating next spring term and will be pursuing his MBA in accounting at Southern Oregon University.

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Ángel Montes-Michel

I (Angel Montes-Michel) am a first-generation third-year Human Physiology major with a minor
in Biology and Chemistry on a Pre-Med path. My goal is to attend OHSU in the future to
become a pediatric physician and help serve the Latino community in underserved provinces of
Oregon. Other than studying, most of my time is spent mentoring Pre-health STEM students
from underrepresented regions in Oregon through the MAP IT OUT and the Oregon Young
Scholars Program at the University of Oregon. Additionally, I work as a Certified Nursing
Assistant, help translate for Volunteers In Medicine Clinic, and serve as the President of the
Minority Association of Premedical Students.

Sergio Martinez Lopez

Sergio Martínez Lopez

I am Sergio Lopez and I’m a senior at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy. I grew up
in Woodburn but I was born in Fresno California. I will attend Oregon State University this
coming fall and will major in chemical engineering. For my envisioned future my plans are to
finish my four years strong at Oregon State University and hopefully go beyond a bachelor's
degree.

Juan Omar Vega

Juan Omar Vega

Humility and individual accountability were always ingrained in me by my Mexican family. With Spanish being the only language used at home growing up and English being spoken at school and in most other social contexts, I learned the significance of expressing myself in two languages early on. This ability taught me the value of embracing my Latino origins and inspired me to represent my heritage with pride. My multilingual skills and Latino background have always empowered me as a student and beyond, allowing me to express myself freely in my native language. Additionally, my culture has elevated me to become the leader I am today by showing me to never give in to fear. I aim to respect my Hispanic ancestry by giving back to the communities I serve while pursuing my academic career in college.

Juan David Alonso Garcia

Juan David Alonso García

Juan David Alonso Garcia (he/him/his) is a first-generation graduating Senior taking full-time college course with Portland Community College. He was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon and plans to one day become a lawyer and represent all marginalized communites through his education at Willamette University. Juan David is so grateful for his parents because they immigrated from their home country Mexico to accomplish the American Dream, which is meeting new and better opportunities in life through education and hopes to set an example for his family.

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Ángel Zamores

Angel Zamores is a 22-year-old first generation college student and a junior at Southern Oregon University. Angel was born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. He and his family lived in Camarillo, California and moved to Oregon in 2013. He is currently pursuing a degree in public accounting and a minor in Spanish with the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the future. With his CPA license he hopes to one day be a reliable asset to the Latinx community in Southern Oregon. Angel was also part of the Men’s Soccer team at Southern Oregon University his freshman year, but is now focusing on his academic career. He will be graduating next spring term and will be pursuing his MBA in accounting at Southern Oregon University.