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Hilbert Morales 

On Tuesday, July 22, at the SJ Moose Lodge, the SJ GI Forum Scholarship Foundation, Inc., awarded more than 10 thousand dollars in scholarship funds to local Latino high school graduates.

Since 1974, the San Jose American GI Forum has provided $1,600,000 in scholarship funds to college bound Latino graduates.

Lorenzo Gamboa, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Santa Clara University was the keynote speaker.

Gamboa presented anecdotes of his early life experiences. His mother was a janitor at the same school he attended. Gamboa said his parents were very frugal and sacrificed in order to support him as he earned his high school diploma. He was admitted into Santa Clara University, where he works in Admissions focusing on recruiting, counseling, and mentoring Latino Students at SCU.

“I want all of you to know and understand that you have a sensitive receptive person to go to at SCU’s admission’s office. If you have a concern or need, do come to my office and let’s deal with that together,” Gamboa said in conclusion to his speech.

Board members Rosa Campos, Mario Ramirez, Mario Sanchez, and Rose Flores awarded the scholarships.

The $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the following local high school graduates: Rafael Estrada Ceja, Dora Cisneros, Myra Espinoza Cisneros, Lorna Cortez, Kristen Flores, Joshua Luna, Cecil Moreno, Mathew Naranjo, Henry Pacheco, Heidi Torres Rodriguez, and Cynthia Soto. Ruben Tapia received the Dan Campos Memorial Scholarship from Campos’ wife, Anita and daughter, Rebecca.

The $12,000 in total awards was provided by the following sponsors and contributors in collaboration with this Foundation governing board: America GI Forum, San Jose Chapter; Augustine Lerma & Lupe Aquilar; Castellano Family Foundation (Alcario and Carmen Castellano), Kansen Chu, SJ City Council member, District 4; Val de Leon, Allstate Insurance; Ismael R. Flores Memorial Fund; Sylvia Covarrubias Fong; Sam Liccardo, SJ City Council, District 3; Lockheed Martin Space Center, Frank Lopez, Sr. Memorial Fund; Ana Luz & Jose Padilla; Esau Ruiz Herrera, Esq.; Joel Ruiz Herrera; “In Memory of Daniel Sandoval, AGIF member; Kristina Sandoval, former scholarship recipient; and David Townes, 1987 Scholarship Recipient.

Flores said the scholarship funds would be sent directly to the educational institute on behalf of the awardee. If the information on file has changed, the Scholarship Foundation needs to be informed immediately.

The organization’s work is done on a volunteer basis. If you care to contribute or join as a volunteer, please phone President Leticia Rodriguez at 408-288-9470.


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