Our 2022 Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund Winners

The Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund, continues to provide educational opportunities for the sons and daughters of the OPCMIA! Each year eight grants are awarded, one for each successful candidate for their education. Winners are selected based upon the student’s non-weighted GPA reported on an official high school or college transcript and an essay on the importance of the OPCMIA on the applicant’s family. The scholarship may be used for any field of study by undergraduate students.

Ariana Rosales

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Ariana Rosales pictured with her father, Pedro Rosales, a member of Local Union 502, Chicago. Illinois. Ariana plans to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall.

Hello, my name is Ariana Rosales. I am the daughter of Pedro Rosales, member of local 502. I am a 2022 graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School where I graduated in the top ten of my class. During high school, I was a member of Mathletes, National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, the Speech and Debate Team, along with serving as a freshman advisor and a math tutor. One of my biggest passions is mathematics and I have had the privilege of competing in various math competitions where I won at conference, regionals, qualified for and placed at the Illinois state math competition. I have also been named an Illinois State Scholar for the class of 2022.

This upcoming fall I will be a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign where I will pursue my Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering. At UIUC I will be a part of the Honors James Scholar and Merit Program. I have chosen this career path given my passions for mathematics, innovation, and technology. This winter I will be studying abroad in Puerto Rico for an Engineering Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

I would like to express my gratitude toward OPCMIA as well as The Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund for selecting me as an award winner. This scholarship will be of great help in funding my education as I pursue my engineering degree.

Jadelyn Villegas

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Jadelyn Villegas pictured with her father, Brandon Villegas, a member of Local Union 630, Honolulu, Hawaii. Jadelyn plans to attend Southern Missouri State University in the fall.

Hello, my name is Jadelyn Villegas and I am the daughter of Brandon Villegas. My father has been a proud member of Local 630 for 17 years now. I am from Big Island, Hawaii and just graduated from Kea’au High School as Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, with CTE Honors in both Health and Human Services Pathway and Public and Human Services Pathway, Academic Honors, Honors Diploma, AVID recognition, AVID Tutor recognition, Student Body Treasurer, with 12 college credits and a GPA above a 4.0. I was a part of the Yearbook club, HOSA club, Students Helping Students club, Blue Zones club, Peace for the Roots club, AVID club, KEY club and played girls basketball throughout high school. I also won an international 40 under 40 Citizen CPR award and a department award at my school for teaching hands-only CPR and AED use in the community. The DOE even uses my hands-only CPR and AED use video to teach their staff and students.

I want to say thank you to the OPCMIA Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund for awarding me this scholarship. I am incredibly grateful for your support as I pursue my goal of becoming a doctor. I will be attending University of Nevada, Las Vegas this upcoming Fall 2022 semester to major in Biological Sciences. I will then go to medical school to become a reproductive endocrinologist.

Anthony Yoho

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Anthony Yoho pictured with his father, Michael Yoho, a member of Local Union 109, Akron, Ohio. Anthony plans to attend The University of Akron in the fall.

My name is Anthony Yoho. My father, Mike Yoho, is a member of the Local 109 in Akron, Ohio. I graduated from Early College High School (a program through Canton McKinley High School) with an honors diploma. I also graduated from Stark State College with 2 Associate Degrees with high distinction. I am proud to accomplish a goal of maintaining straight A’s throughout my entire school career. I was an active member of the Canton McKinley Band for 4 years where I played the saxophone. I was a member of the National Honor Society, Canton McKinley Scholars, C.A.M.P. (Cast Apprenticeship Mentorship Program), and President of the C.A.S.T (Caring and Serving Together) volunteer organization.

In the fall, I will be attending The University of Akron, where I will be majoring in computer engineering with a minor in computer science. I am beyond blessed to have been a recipient of this scholarship. Thank you OPCMIA for allowing me to continue my education and be successful in my future endeavors.

Gisel N. Garcia

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Gisel N. Garcia pictured with her father, Luis Gerardo Garcia, a member of Local Union 300, Oakland, California. Gisel plans to attend Sacramento State in the fall.

In Modesto California on January 21 2004, came a bright and determined young lady. My name is Gisel Noemi Garcia. Ever since the day I was born my mother knew that I was going to be a very strong, independent, and special woman. She was right. As a little girl, I always strove to do more. I wanted to do everything by myself with the assistance of no one, even if it meant learning the hard way. I quickly became eager to learn and succeed in every aspect of life. When I started school, I grew to have a passion for it. I loved being social, meeting new people, and most importantly learning new things. I quickly surpassed the average reading level and learned that my strengths would be English and writing, while my most disliked and difficult subject was math. Growing up I always had a love for talking, so much so that it was the only thing I ever got called out for in class.

To this day I enjoy engaging in conversations with my peers, mentors, and teachers. I find anything from food to politics a great conversation starter and it’s my way of portraying my personality. Throughout my many extracurricular and in-classroom experiences, I have always strived to lead. I am a leader at heart, I take pride and joy in leading others from anything such as in-class projects, to making posters to public presentations. Within my academic career, I will be attending Sacramento State in the fall and am striving to obtain a degree in Health Sciences. I hope to achieve greatness and accomplish all of the goals I have set for myself.

I am extremely thankful for being selected to receive this scholarship.

Jose L. Landeros

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Jose L. Landeros pictured with his father, Jose L. Landeros Loera, a member of Local Union 500, Corona, California. Jose plans to attend Norco College in the fall.

I am Jose Landeros. I am 17 years old, and I am part of the Class of ’22. I live in Southern California with my mom, dad, two sisters, and one brother. Out of my siblings, I am the oldest which means I am the first out of my family to enter a higher education. For me this is uncharted territory since neither of my parents received a higher education. Regardless of this, my parents are absolutely successful and excellent people who are very loving and supportive. I am entering college this fall ready for what is coming. I plan on majoring in engineering, which is very broad, so specifically I want to study electrical and electronics engineering. From a young age I have enjoyed forming my own creations with toys like Lego’s and that has not changed. Now however, I want to take this to a professional level by creating my own electrical systems, circuits, prototypes, etc. With this scholarship I can reach this goal by receiving the education necessary to obtain the skills that are essential to engineers.

Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Haley D. Jacoby

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Haley D. Jacoby pictured with her grandfather, Damacio Cortez, a member of Local Union 755, Los Angeles, California. Haley plans to attend San Diego State University in the fall.

Hi, my name is Haley Jacoby, granddaughter of Damacio Cortez, who is a member of Local 755. My grandparents adopted me at the age of 8 and have provided me with everything I have needed to succeed. I graduated from John F. Kennedy Senior Medical Magnet with Magna Cum Laude. I am very involved with my academics, extracurricular activities and community service work at Kaiser Permanente.

This fall, I plan to further my education at San Diego State University to receive my bachelor’s in nursing. I aim to pursue a doctorate in nursing to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. Thank you so much OPCMIA and Local 755 for this opportunity; I am very grateful.

Maile Lueck

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Maile Lueck pictured with her father, Jason Lueck, a member of Local Union 528, Seattle, Washington. Maile is currently attending Grand Canyon University.

My name is Maile Lueck, and I am the daughter of Jason Lueck. My dad has been working in the Union for 24 years and I am so proud to see all of his accomplishments. I am currently attending Grand Canyon University and pursuing a degree in Finance and Economics while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. This upcoming year will be my senior year and I am so excited to see what this year holds! I completed Running Start my last two years of high school and was able to receive my Associates of Arts along with my high school diploma.

I am honored to be a recipient of the OPCMIA Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund and I am so excited to see how this expands my academic career. I would like to thank Local 528 and the OPCMIA for this amazing opportunity!

Gerryzze Ilan

OPCMIA Scholarship winner Gerryzze Ilan pictured with her father, Gerry Ilan, a member of Local Union 630, Honolulu, Hawaii. Gerryzze plans to attend Chapman University in the fall.

My name is Gerryzze Ilan, daughter of Gerry Ilan who has been a member of Local 630 for 16 years! I am a recent graduate of Waipahu High School (WHS) and am the first in my family to be a valedictorian and achieve all honors. While in WHS, I engaged in numerous extra-curricular activities to stay involved with my campus. These activities include Student Council, Key Club, Health Occupations Students of America, my Academy of Health and Sciences’ Student Board of Directors, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Science Bowl, and Chamber Choir. In addition to that, I participated in our Early College Running-Start Program where I earned college credits. I gained many skills ranging from health, leadership, interpersonal, and laboratory research from my experiences. As a result, I aim to apply my accomplishments to my aspirations.

I am proud to announce that I will be attending Chapman University where I will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences. It is a great honor to receive the generous Patrick D. Finley Scholarship that will help fund the expenses of my higher education. I plan to get into medical school and become a dermatologist in the future.

Again, I am highly grateful for Local 630 and OPCMIA for giving me this opportunity and I will definitely be sure to use it to its full potential. Thank you for investing in my future and supporting me through my journey.