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Master of Science in Counseling

School Counseling Ambassadors

School Counseling Ambassador LogoEach year students with strong school counselor identities and academic achievements are awarded the Benjamin Kremen and Marion Kremen Scholarship. This year six deserving students were awarded. These students presented a desire to serve the community in the capacity of the school counselor role. This promising group of graduate students understand the importance of serving all K-12 students and families, advocacy, and present an equity lens. The awardees have the opportunity to volunteer as ambassadors for the program in multiple capacities; assisting with recruitment, peer consulting and branding the program.   

Application Information: Scholarships shall be awarded to deserving students who are currently enrolled in a master’s program in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Recipients shall be those who maintain a 4.0 GPA and who are interested in being guidance counselors in schools across the United States. Link to application:


School Counseling Ambassadors

Rebecca Flores

My name is Rebecca Flores and I am proud to be a student in the M.S. in School Counseling/PPS Program at Fresno State.  I was born and raised in Fresno, but moved to Tijuana, Mexico for six months when I was halfway through getting my college degree in Psychology.  I moved to Tijuana to work as a volunteer intern for an organization that builds small homes for those living in poverty in Tijuana and its surrounding cities.  I have always had a passion for serving others, and that experience was just a small part of why I am working towards a career as a School Counselor.  When I came back from Mexico, I continued my degree while working as a substitute teacher for over two years.  My experience working directly with K-12 students solidified my desire to be a School Counselor.  As a soon-to-be School Counselor, I firmly believe in providing support and equity to all students and I am excited to be a part of students’ journeys toward success!

Maria Infante Cuevas

My name is Maria Infante Cuevas. I was born in Mexico but I have lived in Fresno for twenty years. I’ve worked in education for roughly six years, first through afterschool programs, later as a substitute teacher, and now as a school counseling intern. My passion for school counseling began while I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. As a first-generation immigrant college graduate, I understand the cultural discrepancies and inequality that exist in education. Therefore, a driving force in my school counselor philosophy is to equalize the field for children by providing them with support that is specific to their experience. I believe limitations should not exist when it comes to student success.

Alyssa Merritt

My name is Alyssa Merritt and I am a Fresno native.  I received my undergraduate degree in History and my teaching credential from Fresno State.  I taught History in Madera for seven years and I have experience as a classroom teacher, after-school intervention teacher, 504 Coordinator, and peer mentor advisor.  I made the decision to return to Fresno State for my Master’s in School Counseling and PPS Credential as a part-time student in response to the struggles that I witnessed in my students.  In my classroom, I saw many students who felt like they did not have a clear understanding of how their schooling related to their future.  Many students questioned “How is this going to help me later?” and had difficulty making both short- and long-term goals.  They had challenges coping with the everyday difficulties of adolescence and with the prospect of “their future.”  My aim as a School Counselor is to teach and equip students with the necessary skills to cope with their current stressors and to help them make plans for their future.  I want to help create opportunities for students to explore their options, dream big, and empower them with the tools and resources they need in order to achieve success. 

Diana Moron Guzman (Torres)

My name is Diana Moron Guzman (Torres) and I was born in Chucandiro, located in Michoacán, Mexico. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Education, and Chicanx Studies from UCLA. I am currently a substitute teacher employed at four different districts within Tulare County. In the past, I have worked as a resident advisor for international students, a distance learning assistant, a library assistant, a substitute teacher in Mexico, and a tutor for high school students. After learning about the education system, I grew passionate about serving K-12 students as a school counselor. Eventually, I would like to develop a non-profit organization that will help students with their mental health, as well as with their college and career development. Some of the awards I have received are College Honors from UCLA, Dean’s Honors list in both my undergraduate and graduate years, certified mediator, valedictorian from Porterville High School, and various scholarships. Currently, I am a mentor for the Central Valley Latino Professional Network, a member for Chi Sigma Iota, and a member of the Dell Scholars Alumni Network. Previously, I was the project director and administrative coordinator for the Central Valley Project at UCLA. My goal is to strengthen my leadership skills and continue to serve my community. 

Iselda Valero

My name is Iselda Valero and I am from Visalia, California. I attended CSU, Long Beach for my Bachelor’s in Social Work. I have dedicated my adult life to helping others including tutoring migrant students, providing case management for students and families with mental health challenges, and assisting seniors in acquiring affordable housing. My passion for helping others can be attributed to the challenges I have experienced in my life. I attribute my own success to the programs, teachers, and counselors at my high school that encouraged me to pursue my dreams despite my circumstances. My desire to be a School Counselor comes from wanting to help students who struggle academically and social emotionally. Although we cannot control childhood and the upbringing we are afforded, we can change the trajectory of our lives through education.

Tanya Navas Vargas

I am Tanya Navas Vargas, born in the State of Mexico, Mexico. I moved to Hayward, CA at the age of two. I attended elementary school there and moved to Fresno, CA where I began middle school and currently reside. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Fresno State. I have worked with children through internships in the Migrant Education Program through the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. I am currently employed with the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. My goal is to apply my skills in a K-12 school setting and contribute to the journey to happiness and success of the children in our community.  I enjoy being involved in our campus community and helping other students achieve their academic goals. Currently, I am the Secretary for our campus’ chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling, academic, and professional honor society. I am dedicated to being a strong advocate for children in my future role as a school counselor.