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Great Minds in STEM Announces California Health Sciences Scholars


Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) is proud to introduce its third class of California Health Sciences Scholarship recipients. The GMiS California Health Sciences Scholarship provides financial assistance and support for underrepresented students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in health science fields of study in the state of California. 

GMiS awards these scholarships in honor of Dr. Alfonso Paredes, founder and President of Casa La Merced and Casa Paredes, which served the mental health, childcare, and housing needs of the underprivileged community in East Los Angeles. Dr. Paredes believed in enabling students to achieve their dreams of improving the quality of life, especially in the areas of mental health, rehabilitative and geriatric medicine, and individuals with disabilities. 

A big congratulations to the following Class of 2021 GMiS California Health Sciences Scholars: 

Dr. Alfonso Paredes Scholarship Recipients 

Karina Guzman – University of California, San Diego 

Kimberly Pabon – College of the Canyons 

David Perez – University of California, Berkeley 

Alissa Torres – College of the Canyons and LA Pierce College 

These GMiS California Health Sciences Scholars each received a $1,250 scholarship.  The recipients were selected for their stellar academic achievements, community engagement, and interest in pursuing careers in the medical profession. 

The GMiS California Health Sciences Scholarships is one of four scholarship types within the GMiS Scholars Program.  The other three scholarships are the GMiS STEM Scholarships, California Medical Scholarships, and the Artemio G. Navarro Scholarships.  

For the 2021-22 academic year, the GMiS Scholars Program awarded 129 scholarships totaling over $334K.  Since 2001, GMiS has awarded over $5.3M to more than 1,800 college students. 

To learn more about the GMiS California Health Sciences Scholarships, please visit 

About Great Minds in STEM 

Great Minds in STEM™ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to keeping America technologically strong by promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, especially in underserved communities. Established in 1989 and based in the Los Angeles area, the organization’s national programming  

focuses on STEM educational awareness from pre-college through college, and on recognizing and documenting the world-class contributions of Hispanic STEM professionals, who serve as role models for the next generation of American engineers and scientists.