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2022 HSI Scholars

Meet our Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars Program Class of 2022-23

multicultural college students in class
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Alexis Aguayo

Alexis
Aguayo

Biology

Sophomore
Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, IL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Andrea Vasquez

Andrea
Vasquez

Nursing

Sophomore
Hostos (CUNY)
Bronx, NY
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Antonella Rodriguez

Antonella Rodriguez

Biology

Sophomore
Miami Dade College
Miami, FL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Camila Calzada

Camila
Calzada

Cellular Molecular Biology

Junior
University of Puerto Rico
Rio Piedras, PR
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Carlos Castillo

Carlos
Castillo

Forensic Sciences

Junior
University of Puerto Rico
Carolina, PR
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Dario N. Ayala

Dario N.
Ayala

Biology/Behavioral Neuroscience

Sophomore
Miami Dade College
Miami, FL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Dem Xavier Santiago

Dem Xavier Santiago

Industrial Microbiology

Senior
University of Puerto Rico
Mayaguez, PR
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Elizabeth Soto

Elizabeth
Soto

Liberal Arts (A.A.)

Sophomore
CUNY
New York City, NY
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Enrique Martinez

Enrique Martinez

Biochemistry

Junior
University of Houston
Houston, TX
 
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Gian Paul Graziosi

Gian Paul Graziosi

Molecular Biology

Sophomore
Montclair St. University
Montclair, NJ
 
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Irma Escobar

Irma
Escobar

Health Science

Junior
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles, CA
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Jeffrey Yumbla

Jeffrey
Yumbla

Biochemistry

Sophomore
Montclair St. University
Montclair, NJ
 
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Jocelyn Peña

Jocelyn
Pena

Community Health
& School Health Ed

Senior
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles, CA
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Jose Guzman

Jose
Guzman

Biological & Physical Sciences

Junior
University of
Houston-Downtown
Houston, TX
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Judith Gutierrez

Judith
Gutierrez

Healthcare Management

Junior
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Los Angeles, CA
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Keilyann Cruz Rivera

Keilyann
Cruz Rivera

Biology

Senior
Inter Barranquitas Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Kenneth Mosquera-Reinoso

Kenneth Mosquera  Reinoso

Biochemistry

Senior
Montclair St. University
Montclair, NJ
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Leah Daire

Leah
Daire

Biology/Inter-disciplinary Studies

Senior
Florida Intl University
Miami, FL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Luisa Mendoza

Luisa
Mendoza

Biotechnology

Sophomore
Miami Dade College
Miami, FL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Maria Jesus Vasquez Guillen

Maria Jesus Vasquez Guillen

Nursing

Sophomore
Hostos (CUNY)
Bronx, NY
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Melissa Spigelman

Melissa Spigelman

Molecular Biology

Junior
Montclair St. University
Montclair, NJ
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Michelle Holt

Michele
Holt

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Sophomore
Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, IL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Nora Bitar

Nora
Bitar

Nutrition Science/
Pre-dentistry

Sophomore
Miami Dade College
Miami, FL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Sara Velasco

Sara
Velasco

Biology

Sophomore
Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, IL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Tyler Sanchez

Tyler
Sanchez

Biology/Pre-med

Junior
William Patterson
Wayne, NJ
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Valeria Cohen

Valeria
Cohen

Biology/Inter-disciplinary Studies

Sophomore
Miami Dade College
Miami, FL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Wendy Islas

Wendy
Islas

Molecular Biology

Sophomore
Montclair St. University
Montclair, NJ
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Yahaira Echeverria

Yahaira Echeverria

Health Sciences

Sophomore
Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, IL
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Yaire Hernandez

Yaire
Hernandez

Public Health

Junior
Montclair St. University
Montclair, NJ
American Heart Association 2022-23 HSI Scholar: Yolanda Batz

Yolanda
Batz

Nutrition/
Pre-nursing

Sophomore
University of Houston
Houston, Texas
A group of AHA's Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program 2021 scholars

HSI Scholars Program Alumni

Making a difference and impacting the future of their communities.

Teacher working with students

The “Heart” of the Program

Shaping the next generation of Hispanic biomedical science and health care professionals.

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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated through the Quest Diagnostics Foundation provided the American Heart Association with financial and other support for the Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program.