Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:30 PM by The Associated Press
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley says a $1 million gift will help provide scholarships to nearly 200 students who are illegal immigrants.
UC Berkeley officials said Tuesday the award from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is the largest single gift for this type of scholarship at any American university.
Most of the scholarship recipients will be UC Berkeley students who came to the U.S. as children and are living in the country without legal permission.
Illegal immigrant students are not eligible for federal grants, loans or work-study positions. But the 2011 California Dream Act made them eligible for state financial aid and privately funded scholarships.
Haas, Jr. Fund President Ira Hirschfield says he hopes other donors will consider "providing funding to help undocumented students achieve their potential."
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
PLEASE HELP US MODERATE COMMENTS
Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at email@example.com, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.
Thank you! KSBY.com
Get deals up to 80% off here!
Find the lowest gas prices in your area
Submit your photos to KSBY
Check out our calendar of events
Save with Hot Deals across our counties!
Events across the Central Coast
Follow The CW5 on Facebook.
The KSBY online public file.
What do you think? Leave us your feedback.
KSBY is your official CA Lottery station for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties