Moonlight Scholars

2022-2023 Moonlight Scholars

Awarded in honor of HP alum Mahershala Ali '96

Inoke Waqvesi Jr

Inoke Waqavesi Jr.


I was born and raised in Sacramento, California and am a first-generation American-Fijian. I am a Kinesiology major with an emphasis in Sports Management and hope to return for the Master’s program as well. Rugby has been such a major influence in my life. I hope to continue my career working within the USA Rugby Administration.

Luz Mendoza

Yuli Gonzalez Mendoza


I was born and raised in Bay Point, California. I am involved in the DiverseAbilities club on campus as the club's scribe. This club is very important to me because I believe as a society we need to continue to break down negative stereotypes about people with disabilities. One day I would like to be a disabilities rights lawyer.

Gregory Keith Hayes

Keith Hayes


I’ve always had an interest in film/television and sports, so naturally I became a history major (sarcasm). I entered college wanting to work for ESPN while minoring in film and acting. My third year in college I had an African-American History professor who helped me decide I want to major in history.

Daisy Guzman

Daisy Guzman


Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember since my parents were both musicians, so I look forward to pursuing a career where I can put my love for it into practice! This summer I picked up the hobby of starting a Walkman and cassette tape collection.

Yolanda Ochoa

Yolanda Ochoa


I have an on-campus job in which I do Game Day Marketing and Promotions for SMC Athletics Department, and also an off-campus job as a Community Marketing Representative for the San Jose Earthquakes. I'm also in Gael Sisterhood and Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano. I hope to be a case worker for low-income housing.

Juan Pablo Hernandez

JP Hernandez


Right now I'm undecided about my major but my interests are music, science, and sports. I'm currently on the Men’s Club Soccer team here at Saint Mary’s and I will attempt to walk on the men's Division One Soccer team. I was born and raised in Bay Point California by my wonderful parents that came from Mexico.

Gaky Candido

Galy Candido


I am involved in the Women’s Club Soccer team on campus. This club is very important to me because I believe that sports allow people to come together and work as a team. This plays into having good life skills because you learn how to work along with your peers. One day in the future I want to become a pediatrician.

Ayz Gomez

Ayz Gomez


I currently have a job at the library and I enjoy reading during my free time. In the future, I would like to go to graduate school and find a job where I am able to help people live their lives to the fullest and grow into the people they wish to become. I'm  Spanish minor - continuing my education in the Spanish language is very important to me.

Alejandra Perez

Alejandra Perez


Since I was a little girl, my dream has been to attend college and become a very successful businesswoman, and I am now beginning my journey. I have a double concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. My family and I are beekeepers. During the summer, I help my father with the bees. I help him cure the bees when they are sick and collect honey, bee pollen, and royal jelly. The products we collect from our hives, we sell at a local farmer’s market.

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