For many students on the West Coast that continue to fight to have a taste of the American dream, progress may be on the way.

On Tuesday, December 11, the University of California Berkeley announced that it has received a gift of $1 million from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to support scholarships for undocumented students. The grantors hope to make the possibility of receiving higher education possible for more bright undocumented students who struggle to rise to their scholastic potential because of daunting immigration policies that financially hold them back.

Uriel Rivera, an undocumented UC Berkeley student, expressed gratitude for the generous donation.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity,”  Rivera said in a press statement. “You’re not just paying for a student to go to college, you are helping a whole community.”

Undocumented students often have to pay out-of-pocket or seek limited private resources because they are ineligible for Pell grants, work-study jobs, or federal student loans.  The scholarship is expected to aid nearly 200 undocumented students at UC Berkeley that qualify.

An additional $300,000 gift from Elise Haas will help provide much needed services for California DREAMers. This award is the single-largest scholarship gift of any type for an American university.

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  • sdog

    if you are trying to frame this from a “fairness” perspective, how about including A.A history starting in 1619?

    this is a complex issue that needs to be addressed, but the Latino/a community needs serious help in the way that they frame their arguments, (and might help more engender sympathy from other minority groups as well) By approaching the AA community with subject and framing it i through a lens of “fairness” you are barking up the wrong tree.

    there has been 400 years of unfairness for AA’s, and only through sacrifice and incredible hardship, has the community standing where it is. I make a sports comparison, you don’t get the gold medal if you are still (time wise) competing at the junior leagues.

  • Sweetles

    “We” didn’t steal anything…

  • Misshightower

    Would you rather support the uneducated with your tax dollars or have them educated with someone else’s private money???

  • Ms. Information

    But “undocumented” means “Mexican” right? I doubt if any undocumented Haitians will take part of the scholarship.