Media Advisory
  December 4 , 2002
To: City Desks, Assignment Desks, Education Reporters
Subject: Scholarship Fundraiser for AB 540 Students
Date/Time: Friday, December 6, 2002 - 6 to 10 p.m.
Place: Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar - Thomas Bros. Map 482 D-3


The Associated Student Organization at Los Angeles Mission College will host a dinner to raise scholarship funds for undocumented students who now have access to more affordable tuition - but who do not qualify for any form of public financial aid.

"Achieving the American Dream" is the theme of the event designed to raise scholarship funds for students attending college under AB 540, the new law that allows undocumented students to pay the less expensive in-state tuition rather than non-resident tuition rates. (At the community college level, in-state tuition is $11 per unit; out-of-state or non-resident tuition is $134 per unit.) However, AB 540 students cannot qualify for any type of public financial aid.

"AB 540 opened the doors of educational opportunity for many students, but the financial burden is still there," said ASO President Baltazar Martinez. "We feel it is our responsibility to provide undocumented students with some financial support."

Dr. Adolfo Bermeo, associate vice provost for diversity and the director of UCLA's Academic Advancement Program, will be the keynote speaker. He has spent much of his professional life working with Latino immigrants and underrepresented students, moving them from the margins to the center of campus life. He was a strong advocate of passage of the landmark AB 540 legislation.

A silent auction featuring the works of local artists will help raise funds for the scholarships. Musical entertainment will be offered as part of the festivities.

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