The Hispanic Public Relations Association, Los Angeles Chapter (HPRA-LA) held its Annual PRemio Awards & Scholarship Gala in Downtown L.A. on Oct. 29 and awarded five deserving California college students in the fields of PR/Journalism with scholarships as well as recognized individuals and corporations for their excellence and commitment to the Latino community.


This year’s scholarship winners included:

  • Dru Anthony Chavez, junior at USC pursuing a degree in Public Relations;
  • Beatriz Martinez, senior at Cal State University, Fullerton pursuing a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations;
  • Naomi Ogaldez, recent graduate of Cal State University, Northridge with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish-language Journalism;
  • Marissa Plascencia, a senior at Cal State University, Fullerton pursuing a degree in Public Relations;
  • Yareiry Giselle Pineda, a senior at the University of La Verne pursuing a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing.


Also, Naomi Ogaldez received the 2015 Esther Renteria Community Service Award and Scholarship that honor Esther Renteria’s advocacy work and contributions to the field of communications.


Co-hosted by Sid Garcia, from ABC7 Eyewitness News and Claudia Botero, reporter for Univision KMEX 34, more than 150 top executives from the communications and marketing industry attended the Masquerade Soiree.


HPRA-LA recognized outstanding Latino communicators in journalism, public relations, social media, and corporate leadership contribute to the betterment of the Latino community and its positive portrayal in the media.


This year’s PRemio Award winners included:


Dennis Romero, LA Weekly, Journalism Award

Inez Gonzalez, Latino Communications Initiative at Cal State University, Fullerton, PR Achievement Award

Ana Flores, Latina Bloggers Connect, Social Media Influence Award

Toyota, Corporation of the Year

“First, congratulations to all the students and PRemio awardees for their continued dedication to the field of Hispanic public relations and to the community,” said Mashi Nyssen, President of HPRA-LA. “At a time when the national debate has put into question the value of the U.S. Latino community, we are celebrating tonight the tremendous contributions from individuals who are telling our stories and corporations who are opening doors for the next generation of story tellers.”