New Scholarship Program Created

Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver

 

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“UK encourages private support of the educational dreams of all Kentucky high school students, including our undocumented young people. The university and I stand ready to assist the Lexington Hispanic Association to ensure the success of this very special scholarship program and to guide deserving students to this new funding resource."

-- William Turner,
vice president for the Office of University Initiatives,
associate provost for multicultural affairs,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Hispanic Association, Inc. jointly announced a new scholarship program created by the Lexington Hispanic Association to assist students who find it difficult to finance their postsecondary education.

Lexington Hispanic Association, a non-profit corporation, has established this scholarship fund to accept private donations to assist with the educational expenses of undocumented Hispanic students who graduate from a Kentucky high school or Lexington Community College and wish to attend the University of Kentucky.

State regulations allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from a Kentucky high school to pay in-state tuition. As it stands now, however, public funds generally may not be expended for student grants or loans to undocumented students. Federal legislation that would enable these students to obtain federally funded student loans or to legally work their way through college is stalled in Congressional committee.

“Individual students, as well as society in general, gain immeasurably from the benefits of higher education. Consequently, the University of Kentucky promotes and encourages the broadest possible access to higher education,” said UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel.

Lexington attorney Joshua Santana, chairman of the board of the Lexington Hispanic Association, said, “By partnering with the University of Kentucky, our association will be better able to help untold numbers of young people attain the American dream and to create a future of which we can all be proud.”

William Turner, vice president for the Office of University Initiatives and associate provost for multicultural affairs, will assist the Lexington Hispanic Association in coordinating the new scholarship program.

“UK encourages private support of the educational dreams of all Kentucky high school students, including our undocumented young people. The university and I stand ready to assist the Lexington Hispanic Association to ensure the success of this very special scholarship program and to guide deserving students to this new funding resource,” said Turner.

Anyone interested in learning more about the scholarship program or who wishes to make a contribution may contact William Turner at (859) 257-1991 or the Lexington Hispanic Association at (859) 254-5700.


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