Endorse the Association of Raza Educators Campaign To Open HSF Scholarships To Undocumented Students

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There are an estimated 65,000 undocumented students who have lived in the United States for 5 or more years and graduate from High School each year. While only a percentage of these students are of Latin-American descent, they still make up a large number of students who are not eligible for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) scholarships. As educators, we often see that undocumented students are our best, brightest and hardest working students. HSF is a private organization that has the power and the ability to ensure the continued and future academic success of these bright, dedicated students. In 2006 - 2007, the HSF awarded $26 million in scholarships to Latina/o students. Since HSF purports to serve the Latin American community, the Association of Raza Educators implores the HSF to open its scholarships to ALL Latina/o students, regardless of citizenship status.