College scholarship for illegals only

The San Mateo Community College District, on the San Francisco Peninsula, has sent a mass email announcing a scholarship for "undocumented" students of "Chicano / Latino descent" only. Here is the full text of an ungrammatical email sent yesterday, proudly announcing the boon solely for those who do not follow the immigration laws of our country. Oddly enough, they see nothing wrong with requiring their own documentation.

Dear All,

CORE (Chicano Organizing & Research in Education) is pleased to announce its first annual "Que Llueva Café" scholarship. Applicants must be undocumented, Chicano/Latino, high school students entering college this fall. The postmark deadline is April 10, 2009.

While this is not going to benefit current “college” students, it may benefit high school students attending the college, and brothers, sisters and/or children of our current Cañada students so please spread the word.

Application materials and instructions may be downloaded at Hard copies available in the financial aid office.

Eligibility Criteria:

·        Must be of Chicano / Latino descent

·        Must be an undocumented student

·        Must be a graduating twelfth grade student who will enroll in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the 2009-2010 academic year.

·        Must demonstrate academic promise…whether by grade point average, college acceptance, personal or professional recommendations, or written essay, the candidate must demonstrate their academic potential.

·        Student must demonstrate financial need.

Required Documents:

·        General Scholarship Application (click here)

·        Two Letters of Recommendation

·        Statement of Financial Need (One page limit)

·        Written Response (1000 word limit)

·        Official High School transcript

·        Proof of acceptance and intent to enroll into institution of higher education (once scholarship is awarded)

All application materials must be postmarked by April 10, 2009 and mailed to:

Chicano Organizing and Research in Education (CORE)

Attn: Que Llueva Cafe

P. O. Box 160144

Sacramento, CA 95816

Questions?  Email CORE at