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Cuesta College renames scholarship after local beloved teacher

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 21:56:08-04

The Cuesta College Chapter of the Latino Leadership Network renamed a scholarship after beloved teacher Andrea Blanco.

The scholarship was officially dubbed the “LLN Andrea Blanco Scholarship” during her Celebration of Life ceremony on Saturday, July 20.

It supports students in the organization at Cuesta College who are covered under AB-540, which allows in-state tuition for undocumented or other eligible students.

“We want to acknowledge all the amazing work that Andrea did for the Latinx youth in our community,” said Alicia Paniagua, President of the LLN Cuesta College Chapter, in a press release. “Our Chapter has agreed that Andrea’s legacy must be carried on through continued care and support of those she so lovingly dedicated her life. This scholarship will be such a special way of honoring her legacy.”

Blanco is being remembered by the community after she suddenly died at the age of 62 following complications of knee surgery.

She served as an educator in the San Luis Obispo County community for dozens of years. Blanco worked at Bishop’s Peak Elementary School, Laguna Middle School and Pacheco Elementary School. She was known as an advocate for the Latinx community and underprivileged students.

She is survived by her husband and two adult daughters.

Those interested in donating can contact the Cuesta College Foundation or send a check to the Foundation.