12/13/2012 01:47:00 PM EST
Berkeley Receives $1 Million for Undocumented Students
"The University of California, Berkeley announced Tuesday that the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has awarded $1 million toward scholarships for undocumented students. The gift will assist 200 undocumented students at Berkeley and help more in the future, the university said. Most undocumented students were brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were children and aren't eligible for federal grants, loans or work-study positions. A 2011 California law made them eligible for state financial aid and privately funded scholarships. "These motivated, hardworking and inspiring students are an asset to our state and our country.…Now that it's legal to do so in California, we encourage other foundations and private donors to consider providing funding to help undocumented students achieve their potential," said Ira S. Hirschfield, president of the Haas fund." - Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 11, 2012.