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Undocumented students get a helping hand from Raza educators

By Pablo J. Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego

SanDiego

When Jesus Mendez Carbajal started his college education at San Diego Mesa College a little bit more tan three years ago, his parents, with a lot of sacrifice, had to pay for all expenses.

Since Mendez Carbajal is an undocumented student, he didn’t qualify for federal financial aid, which is only available to citizens and permanent residents.

Today, when the 21 year-old student has transferred to San Diego State University, where he is majoring in Chicana and Chicano Studies, he can pay for tuition thanks to state funds, and scholarships like the ones given by the Association of Raza Educators (ARE) San Diego.

The ARE San Diego scholarships are available only to students who don’t have immigration documents.

“This scholarship is a great economic resource”, said Mendez Carbajal, who crossed the border without inspection with her mother when he was five years old. “I hope that more members of our community can support this organization so that it can give out more scholarships to students who need them.”

This scholarship has helped a lot of Dreamers, youth like Mendez Carbajal who came to the United States without documents as children and who have grown up as Americans.

ARE San Diego knows how…

(Featured Photo: Association of Raza Educators (ARE) San Diego)

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