The Mexican American Student Association hosted a DREAM Center food sale to raise funds for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scholarships.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM scholarship was created to enable students to have the opportunity of an equal higher education, regardless of immigration status.
The fundraiser was held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Outdoor Spaces Gallery Lawn South.
“Every year we create a scholarship and people who have DACA or even non-DACA recipients are all eligible,” President of MASA Jimena Alamillo said.
“Now that the dream center is finally open, we are working alongside them to help raise funds for it.”
The DREAM Center is working hard in conjunction with MASA for the DACA scholarship.
The Bronco Dreamers Resource Center is supporting the academic, personal and professional endeavors of undocumented students at CPP.
The center’s purpose is to also help teach the community about current important issues.
Although the BDRC did not host this fundraiser with MASA, it is working out more ways to work alongside them.
Members of MASA cooked bacon wrapped hot dogs, and while serving customers, held up signs explaining where the proceeds will go.
“All proceeds are going towards the scholarship and more fundraisers are likely coming up to add to the funds,” Director of Fundraising of MASA Melanie Ortiz said.
Students gathered around the fundraiser during lunchtime. As they grabbed delicious bacon wrapped hot dogs, they knew they were helping out a good cause simultaneously.
“We are expecting to raise about $250 today,” Treasurer of MASA, Eduardo Arevalo said.
These fundraisers will cumulate into a scholarship that will ensure another student’s dreams of obtainable higher education at CPP.
Students are motivated with supporting a good cause on campus in addition to the meal they purchase.
Fundraisers that support the community help unite the school for a beneficial cause.
The DACA scholarship at CPP began with a racial crime. Rather than discouraging them, the crime motivated students to make a difference.
In 2006, MASA painted the CPP letters on the mountain near campus the colors of the Mexican flag to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the club. Soon after, the letters were vandalized with racial slurs.
Painting the CPP letters is a tradition upheld to this day. This unfortunate incident was considered a hate crime on campus.
“After the letters were tagged up, MASA created this scholarship in order to give back to the community,” Alamillo said.
MASA has prepared countless selfless acts for the community over the years.
The organization was formed in 1965, and hosts free in-house tutoring for grades k-12 along with philanthropic endeavors.
MASA and the Dream Center plan to continue to advocate for undocumented students at CPP.
The MASA Building can be found in Building 150.
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