Award ceremonies in Salinas, Livingston & Madera
Proud farm worker parents protected by United Farm Workers contracts will look on as the union presents scholarships, most of them for $1,000, to their children during ceremonies held on Sept. 14 in Salinas, Sept. 17 in Livingston and Sept. 19 in Madera.
“We hope to see the recipients return to their communities as professionals to help us continue the fight for better working conditions and protections for farm workers,” said UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez. “Farm workers seeing their children receive these scholarships is perhaps the most valued benefit as a member of the UFW.”
The ¡Si Se Puede!® scholarship program was established by union members to support students who demonstrate a commitment to completing their educations in spite of financial hardships. The awards are intended to help them achieve their educational goals and can be applied towards any education-related costs, including textbooks, lab fees, uniforms and other expenses. ¡Si Se Puede!® scholarships are made possible by generous commitments from the UFW membership that allocates funds for the award program. Students are selected to receive the awards based on their outstanding academic achievement, exemplary volunteer and community service.
The students, all from farm worker families, represent thousands of hard working farm workers throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.