MEChA sponsors Mexican students

May 21, 2009

By Carlos Flores Martinez

MEChA is putting a greater emphasis on post-secondary education. Like the Puente Project in other California schools, MEChA is trying to create a stronger foundation to encourage students to attend college after high school.

MEChA went to Ohlone College for Raza Day on April 24, an event to introduce students to Ohlone’s Newark campus and available academic opportunities there. Several other Fremont high schools attended Raza Day. Various workshops with general information about college and financial aid for immigrants were featured as well.

They also gave information about the Puente Project. This project is an academic preparation program that is devised to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who attend four–year colleges and universities, get their college degrees, and return to their communities as leaders and mentors. This project has been incorporated into many California schools, some on the peninsula.

MEChA has also given a 150 dollars scholarship to help one WHS student with college expenses. The money was raised by parents and a donation. The money was given to the person who wrote the best essay about their involvement in MEChA and how they would help the Mexican community. The winner was announced at lunch during a MEChA meeting May 13. Senior Mateo De Leon won the 150 dollar scholarship. A committee of ten people graded the essays.

The club plans to visit San Jose State University on June 5. Senior and club president Rosalaura Mendez plans to give students more college information in the coming months, and to help them with their decisions for next year.

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