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Meet the 2023 – 2024 Cohort of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)

The Achievement Award Program supports high-achieving, community-minded, low-income, first-generation college students in their pursuit of a UC Berkeley education. The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) congratulates all twenty-two members of our incoming 2023 – 2024 Alumni Scholar cohort.

September 20, 2023
taap scholarship recipients for the 2023–2024 academic year
Keyla Amador
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Keyla Amador

Born in Mexico, Keyla immigrated to the U.S. at the age of four. For her undergraduate education, she is pursuing a political science degree. She plans to attend law school in the future and serve her underrepresented community in the field of law with her bilingual abilities.

Jeffrey Bui
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Jeffrey Bui

Jeffrey Bui is a queer Bay Area local who is passionate about social justice, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, access), and volunteering. Jeffrey will be a first-generation transfer student at UC Berkeley and is excited to learn more about social research and community advocacy.

Alexa Munoz Chavez
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Alexa Munoz Chavez

Alexa grew up in Los Angeles. Alexa likes to be involved in any event, club, or activity. Alexa is passionate about psychology and computer science. Alexa is excited to start her new journey at UC Berkeley.

Ana Bianca Correa Collado
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Ana Bianca Correa Collado

Amber Collins
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Amber Collins

As a nontraditional student, Amber made the bold decision to return to school to study materials science and engineering. She plans to research and create sustainable materials to combat pollution and mitigate the climate crisis.

James Koutsoukos
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James Koutsoukos

James Koutsoukos, a passionate father and student, founded Fentanyl Anonymous to support addiction recovery. He established the Medical Privacy Association to help individuals with misused confidential records. From facing his own challenges, he’s driven to excel academically and positively impact society. James plans to attend law school, specializing in human rights and cyber law.

Alejandro Macias
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Alejandro Macias

Enrique Martinez
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Enrique Martinez

Enrique Martinez is a first-generation college student and incoming freshman. As an aspiring neurosurgeon, he is majoring in molecular and cellular biology. Throughout Enrique’s life, his experiences, like being a Stanford Medicine Research Intern, have instilled a passion to pursue medicine and promote a healthy community.

TJ McGee
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TJ McGee

TJ McGee is from San Jose, and is a first-generation college student. TJ was once homeless after the death of their grandmother and, due to the absence of all immediate family, they were left to sustain themselves. TJ hopes to major in psychology and social welfare.

Selina Mendez
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Selina Mendez

Selina Mendez is a first-year Letters and Science student pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science. Born and raised in Santa Ana, she is an ambitious and compassionate individual who is passionate about public speaking, cultural representation, and giving back to her community.

Nikki Nguyen
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Nikki Nguyen

Alberto Garcia Reyes
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Alberto Garcia Reyes

Nhi Pham
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Nhi Pham

Jema Reyes
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Jema Reyes

Jema Reyes grew up in Mexico and came to the U.S. in 2018. She will be majoring in molecular and cell biology in order to pursue a career in the medical field. Jema aspires to become a family medicine physician and serve the Hispanic population in Hayward.

Sabine Rodriguez
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Sabine Rodriguez

Sabine is a first generation Mexican American student from Richmond, CA. Growing up in a marginalized, low-income community, she strives to inspire others to defeat society’s stereotypes and barriers against their community. Sabine is driven to someday become a pediatrician and serve as representation in the medical field for Hispanics.

Raymond Tam
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Raymond Tam

Raymond Tam is a transfer student joining UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As student government president at Ohlone College, he was highly involved with the campus community, fostering a deep passion for service and student advocacy. At Cal, Raymond intends to continue providing mentorship for prospective transfer students.

Jenny Tran
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Jenny Tran

Jenny Tran is an incoming freshman studying microbial biology with the intention of heading into healthcare. Her parents immigrated from Vietnam, which helped Jenny develop her passion for helping underrepresented communities in healthcare. In Jenny’s undergraduate years, she hopes to find her place in healthcare and make meaningful connections.

Jiamin Wu
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Jiamin Wu

Jiamin Wu is an immigrant from China and a first-generation college student. Pursuing her passion for applied math, she believes in the transformative power of numbers. With a drive to optimize processes and make a meaningful impact, Jiamin aims to excel in her studies and contribute to mathematics.

Laura Cai Wu
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Laura Cai Wu

Laura Cai Wu was born in Sonora, Mexico. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve with her mom and sister. She is passionate about web development and design, sustainability, and FGLI involvement. She intends to major in cognitive science and minor in computer science.

Qiaoyan (Emily) Xiao
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Qiaoyan (Emily) Xiao