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Latino Education


Los Defensores in partnership with The Jaime and Blanca Jarrín Foundation will be awarding scholarships to nine college students that share our mission of empowering the Latino community.

Southern California undergraduate college students are eligible to apply.

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Working as a Los Angeles court interpreter, Mary Ann Walker Aguirre, recognized that Spanish-speaking Latinos were not receiving the justice they deserved because of language barriers. She started, Los Defensores, a network of attorneys to bridge this gap and help the Latino community access legal services in their language. Thirty-six years later Los Defensores has helped more than 2 million Latinos access legal help during their times of need.

Mission: Our mission is to empower Latinos by providing access to the protection they seek after an auto accident, so they can feel confident about getting their lives back on track.

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Jaime Jarrín started his broadcast career at the age of 15 in Ecuador. Looking for new possibilities he moved his family to the U.S. with a dream to continue his work in broadcast. He began his work in Los Angeles as a news director for KWKW-AM radio station. More than sixty years later he is a Los Angeles institution, a hall of fame broadcaster, and Spanish voice of the Dodgers.

Mission: The Jaime & Blanca Jarrín Foundation is committed to serving and supporting charitable, educational, and athletic programs in the local Los Angeles Area, as well as for those in need internationally. Their mission is to help students unlock their full potential and realize their goals.

Dreams Realized

Now, The Jaime and Blanca Jarrín Foundation and Los Defensores are looking to help students fulfill their dreams. The Jarrín Foundation and Los Defensores are committed to serving the Los Angeles community and believe a student’s dreams should not go unrealized because the cost of education is too great a burden.


Four $5,000 scholarships and five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.


Brenda Martinez Montano

Major: Bio Chem w/ a minor in Public Affairs | Year: Sophomore

Jacqueline Iniguez

Major: Political Science | Year: Junior

Iris Cisneros

Major: Sociology/Communications | Year: Junior

Karen Garcia

Cal State Dominguez Hills
Major: Psychology | Year: Sophomore


Jordy De La Cruz Monroy

Cal State Northridge
Major: Criminal Justice | Year: Senior

Citlalli Pacheco

Cal State Northridge
Major: Criminology/Justice Studies | Year: Senior

Jun Li

Cal State Fullerton
Major: Criminal Justice | Year: Senior

Janette Ortega

Major: Political Science & Chicano/a Studies | Year: Senior

Jennifer Rosario Arriaga

Major: Psychology & Chicano/a/x Studies | Year: Senior

Ashley Arellano

Major: Sociology | Year: Junior

Tania Salceda

Cal Berkeley
Major: Political Science/Chicanx Studies | Year: Freshman

Bryan Carvente

Cal State Dominguez Hills
Major: Psychology | Year: Junior

Guadalupe Guzman-Argueta

Major: Labor Studies & Sociology | Year: Senior


  1.  1  3.0 GPA or higher
  2.  2  Currently enrolled at a UC, Cal State, or private Southern California university as an undergrad
  3.  3  Service to the Latino community
  4.  4  Submit complete application (initial interest form + any subsequent requirements)