2004 Scholars

Yahya Abdul-Mateen
Yahya Abdul-Mateen
Yahya Abdul-Mateen
University of California, Berkeley

Yahya graduated from McClymonds High School where he demonstrated strong academic and athletic leadership. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley where his academic focus will be on environmental studies and architecture.

“Pure leader. Yahya is going to set the world on its feet. He is very articulate with an ambition to match…as a scholar he is at the top of his class…as a peer to his friends he is the role model we, as a staff, talk about.”

Anthony McNear
McClymonds High School

Alejandro (Alex) Avila
Alejandro (Alex) Avila
Alejandro (Alex) Avila
University of California, Santa Barbara

Alejandro graduated from Castlemont high school. He is attending the University of California, Santa Barbara where he is pursuing his dream of becoming a filmmaker or a teacher.

“Alex has lots of self-initiative. When our school lost our after school film class, he still shot his own movie and submitted it to film festivals and competitions. Since our school lacks a course in calculus, Alex takes it at the community college. He knows how to block out negativity around him and still be very successful.”

Michael Lee, Teacher/Testing Coordinator
Castlemont High School

Samuel Becerra
Samuel Becerra
Samuel Becerra
Pomona College, California

Samuel graduated from Life Academy High School. He is the first person in his family to attend college. He is currently undecided about a college major and is exploring various career and professional options.

“Sam was elected class president running on the platform, “I will be the president who graduates.” He has thrived in this role. His dedication to his studies and responsibilities has set a new tone for the class.”

Carmelita W. Reyes
Humanities Teacher, Life Academy High School

Jameil Akeime Butler
Jameil Akeime Butler
Jameil Akeime Butler
California State University, Fresno

Jameil is a graduate of Oakland Technical High School. He recovered from a life-threatening injury with renewed passion and motivation to achieve his goals. He is attending California State University, Fresno where his academic focus will be on psychology, education or finance.

“Jameil has found balance in his life by juggling both academics and athletics. He often talks abut giving back to the community in which he lives and backs it up…volunteering countless hours of his free time helping young children, our youth and the future generation. Jameil is a devoted young man ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead of him.”

Ross Yokomura, Counselor
Oakland Technical High School

Luz M. Gomez
Luz M. Gomez
Luz M. Gomez
Williams College, Massachusetts

Luz is a graduate of Skyline High School. She is attending Williams College in Massachusetts where she will study to become an obstetrician/gynecologist. Her dream is to become a doctor and aid in bringing new lives into this world.

“I admire her tremendously for her ability to excel despite multiple stressors and obstacles. She is an excellent role model to her peers and possesses a maturity well beyond her years..”

Tomas A. Magana, M.D., M.A.
Attending Physician and Co-Director, Faces for the Future: Health Professions Internship Partnership

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
David Lloyd
University of California, Berkeley

David graduated from Far West High School. He hopes that he can help others and help the nation by contributing a vital key to medicine.

“David shows social maturity in his ability to interact will with adults and peers and to work effectively cross-culturally…He has demonstrated, not only great resiliency, but also and ability to adapt to new situations and to succeed.”

Heather Payne
Assistant Director, Mills College Educational Talent Search

Damien Lamar McDuffie
Damien Lamar McDuffie
Damien Lamar McDuffie
Loyola Marymount

Damien is a graduate of Oakland Technical High School. After earning his college degree, his goal is to come back to the Oakland community and start a non-profit organization that supports and trains youth on how to deal with oppression, discrimination and cultural ignorance.

“I find that Damien constantly impresses me with his ability to reflect on what is happening in the world, his dedication to making Oakland a better place and his commitment to inspiring other youth…He has excelled despite the limitations of his circumstances”

Tigress Osborn
12th grade Counselor, Mills College Upward Bound

Concepcion Solis
Concepcion Solis
Concepcion Solis
California State East Bay

Concepcion graduated from Life Academy. She has become stronger as a result of overcoming obstacles in her life. Her goal is to become a lawyer and help those in difficult immigration situations, similar to her own.

“Concepcion consistently demonstrates a good study ethic and a mature approach towards personal responsibility. She has high energy, a good sense of humor and sharp wit. She is principled and definitely stands up for herself”

Tomas A. Magana, M.D., M.A.
Attending Physician and Co-Director, Faces for the Future: Health Professions Internship Partnership