Academic Scholars

Academic Scholars

Academic Scholars do the following:

  • Provide a quiet environment for scholars to study. Besides, to providing a college or study tip of the week and sharing resources, they collaborate with various campus departments that support academic performance.
  • Plan monthly large scale socials for Fiat Lux participants to foster connections, community, and relationships. 
  • Through formal and informal experiences, Academic Scholars assist in building an on-campus community that recognizes and embraces the identities, values, and beliefs of all students.
  • Promote resources and opportunities for active participation to enhance student development. 

Academic Scholar Team



Martin Arredondo 


Hello! My name is Martin Arredondo and I am a second-year working as an Academic Scholar for this school year. I am majoring in Political Science with a possible minor in Critical Race. I am from Sylmar CA, residing in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. For fun, I enjoy playing basketball, video games, and guitar. I love music and some of my favorite artists are J. Cole, Ariel Camacho, & Virlan Garcia. I am a very friendly person and I am always willing to help those in need.



Stacy Rivera 

Hello! My name is Stacy Rivera and I am currently a fourth-year Human Biology major with a minor in Community Research and Service. My career interests are in Dermatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Global Health. I am from Santa Ana, CA. I enjoy swimming, listening to music, and trying new food. One of my lifelong goals is to travel the world! If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, I am always happy to help!


Emily Ruiz


Hello! My name is Emily Ruiz and I am a second-year here at UC Merced. I am currently undeclared as I am still exploring my major options. I am from Madera CA, which is a short drive away from Merced. I come from a family of farmers surrounded by grape fields and almond trees. Due to this, Merced is like a home away from home in many different ways. Some fun facts about me are that I am left-handed and love to play video games.


Yadira Leal Zavala


Hello! My name is Yadira Leal Zavala and I'm from Orange Cove, CA  a small town in the central valley. I am a fourth-year majoring in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Natural Science Education. On my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching Netflix, going to the lake, and traveling to the beach when possible. A fun fact is that I love french toast and eat it almost every morning for breakfast. Another thing I enjoy is running around the trails Merced has to offer with my friends instead of going to the gym. Fun fact: I dislike the hot summer heat although I've lived in the Central Valley my entire life. I also enjoy meeting new people and am super excited to meet everyone.



Yuliana Govea Delgadillo 


Hello! My name is Yuliana Govea Delgadillo and I am an Academic Scholar for this academic school year. I am from Tracy, CA, which is pretty similar to Merced. I'm a second-year majoring in Management & Business Economics. In my free time, I enjoy binge-watching shows on Netflix and exploring new places. I look forward to working with you all this year!