The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Announces Education Excellence Scholarship Recipients and Sponsors

Apr 15, 2020 11:28 PM

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce | April 15, 2020

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) is excited to announce $85,500 in scholarships going to 64 New Mexico students. AHCC Education Excellence Scholarships are funded through sponsorships by local businesses, organizations, and individuals as well as funds raised by the AHCC Education Committee and annual AHCC Golf Tournament.  In addition to the $1,000 AHCC Scholarship, awarded to high school seniors, non-traditional and/or returning students over the age of 19 receive a $1,000 dollar Opportunity Scholarship. For the second year in a row, the AHCC is proud to offer (5) high school seniors a multi-year Thrive Scholarship totaling $5,500 each, thanks to the chamber’s generous business members and partners.

“This year we saw a huge number of high-caliber students applying for scholarships,” said AHCC President, Ernie C’deBaca, “thankfully our members stepped up to help fund these scholarships at a higher rate than we have ever seen.” Ryan Flynn, Executive Director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) said “the oil and gas industry is the major contributor to education in New Mexico. We are pleased to also contribute directly to many of these deserving students.” NMOGA sponsored a total of $25,000 in scholarships this year and is the Title Sponsor for this year’s Education Excellence Awards announcement.

Among the total 64 scholarships awarded were the Loretta A. Armenta Memorial Scholarship, the Jennifer Riordan Financial Literacy Scholarship, and the new Ken Sanchez Memorial Scholarship sponsored by NMOGA. “Ken Sanchez was a true public servant and we are proud to sponsor a memorial scholarship in his name for a business student in his district,” said Flynn.

This year’s recognition ceremony to honor the students and thank scholarship sponsors was canceled due to COVID-19 health restrictions. “It’s unfortunate,” said C’deBaca, “this event is always a great opportunity for scholarship recipients and sponsors to meet and connect – but like everyone else right now, we are finding other ways to celebrate this good news.”

The scholarship sponsors and students are as follows:


Adelante Development Center

Noah Lopez, Friends University/Clarke University, Undecided

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Maya Uvina, University of New Mexico, Fashion & Merchandising 

Nathalia Gardea Ceniceros, University of New Mexico, Criminology

Isaiah Manzanares, Arizona State University, Business Administration 

Yeremi Rodriguez, University of New Mexico, Engineering

Laura Mirimaontes, University of New Mexico, Psychology & Biology

Jae Lijua Salazar, Undecided, Nursing

Victoria Alarcon Macias, St. Edwards University, Environmental Science/International Relations 

Heber Rios, University of New Mexico, Pre-Med

Francisco Aragon, University of New Mexico, Biology

Karina Zavala, University of New Mexico, Secondary Education/Spanish/TESOL

Gabriela Diaz Arredondo, University of New Mexico, Nursing

Melissa Mailboy, Southern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Business Administration 

Marcela Mendoza, University of New Mexico, Spanish and Communications

Savannah Garcia, University of New Mexico, Surgical Medicine/Biomedical

Alondra Reyes, University of New Mexico, Psychology and Spanish

Allstate Insurance – Louie Sanchez Agency

Jessi Rangel, New Mexico State University, Criminal Justice

AUI Inc.

Brisa Perez, Santa Fe Community College, Biological Sciences

Brycon Corporation

Michelle Nevarez, Grand Canyon University, Forensic Psychology

Van Hoang, Undecided, Medicine

Daniela Rodriguez, University of New Mexico, Business Administration – Marketing Mgt 

David Martinez, University of New Mexico, Mechanical Engineering

Bueno Foods

Evelin Estrada, University of New Mexico, Secondary Education

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

Kylee-Mestas Chavez, CNM, Nursing

Jordan Davalos, CNM , Sports Medicine 

Tashina Silversmith, CNM, Business Administration 

Sierra Bencomo, CNM, Pre-Law

Irvin Dominguez Chavez, CNM, Transportation Technology/Automotive Technology

Angelique Glover, CNM, Phlebotomy

Jahir Rodriguez, CNM, Film Production

Andreal Martinez, CNM, Psychology 

Karen Guerra Vicente, CNM, Radiologic Technology

COMPA Industries, Inc.

Sherlyn Ramirez, Santa Fe Community College, Business Administration

Jaramillo Accounting Group, LLC

Marissa Rivas, Oral Roberts University, Biology

JCE Inc.

Steffen Ortiz, University of New Mexico, International Relations/Russian Studies

Joan Tafoya – AHCC Board Member

Hannah Irons, Lubbock Christian University, Psychology 

Mia Roy, Graphic Design

Mary G. Martinez – 2020 AHCC Board Chair

Clarizza Morales Chacon, University of New Mexico, Electrical Engineering

New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation

Guadalupe Zarate, University Of New Mexico, Nursing

New Mexico Oil and Gas Association

Bianca Solano, University of New Mexico, Environmental Science 

Ingrid Montoya, CNM, Early Child Development 

Belinda Vargas, Adams State University, Business Administration 

Katie Mancilla, University of New Mexico, Political Science 

Omar Barrientos, University of New Mexico, Biology 

Bryce Redd, New Mexico State University, Counseling & Community Psychology 

Karla Ortiz, University of New Mexico, Criminology & Latin American Studies

Valerie Duarte, University of New Mexico, Nursing

Isela Rendon, University of New Mexico, Secondary Education

Corina Maynes, University of New Mexico, Accounting Management 

Alondra Morales, University of New Mexico, Nursing

Edgar Corona Castaneda, University of New Mexico, Latin American Studies/Political Science

Joseline Mendoza, University of New Mexico, Interdisciplinary Arts

Maria Cruz, University of New Mexico, Civil Engineering / Economics 

Elizabeth Gonzales, University of New Mexico, Nursing

Christina Padilla, University of New Mexico, Exercise Science

Nusenda Credit Union

Fabian Lopez, New Mexico Tech, Architecture or Civil Engineering

Perikin Enterprises

Kevin Perez Rios, University of New Mexico/CNM, Mechanical Engineering

Raines & Vigil Family

Lorenzo Perea, University of New Mexico, Nuclear Engineering

Ryan True Foundation

Rachael Aragon, Carrington, Nursing / Medical-Massage

Sun Rise Roofing

Marai Rodriguez Madrid, CNM, Dental Assistant

US Bank

David Ibarra, University of New Mexico, Business Administration - Finance

Diana Laura Ortiz Roldan, University of New Mexico, Business Administration


Joshua Lara, Arizona State University, Mechanical Engineering 

Marco Nieto, University of New Mexico, Mechanical Engineering

Event Sponsors

New Mexico Ford Dealers

Modrall Sperling


New Mexico Gas Company

Southwest Airlines


About the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce: The AHCC is organized to promote economic development, to enhance economic opportunities and to provide business and workforce education with an emphasis on the Hispanic and small business community in Albuquerque and New Mexico.

Established in 1975 by 14 members of the Hispanic business community, the AHCC is a community of approximately 1,000 business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals committed to scaling small businesses and empowering individuals through economic growth and wealth creation. The AHCC is the largest Hispanic chamber in the country, and the largest chamber of

commerce in New Mexico.  Our membership is comprised of approximately 65% Hispanic-Owned Businesses and 35% Non-Hispanic Owned Businesses.  While being a historically Hispanic-focused association, we are inclusive and proud to consider ourselves the Small Business Chamber of not only Albuquerque, but of the state of New Mexico. To learn more, visit