DreamFields Awards First Scholarship

Champions of Diversity

Rosa and Jacob Paz Perez and Ana Mendoza.
Rosa and Ana presented the scholarship to Jacob (Rosa’s older brother).

In November, we awarded a Mount Vernon migrant student with a $1500 college scholarship using a portion of the money we have earned from the sales of DreamFields. Two of us who worked on the book stood up in front of hundreds of people at MacIntyre Hall at Skagit Valley College and presented the Champions of Diversity scholarship on behalf of the Migrant Leaders Club to Jacob Paz Perez, a current senior at Mount Vernon High School. Jacob plans to attend Skagit Valley College next year and study criminal justice.

It was so exciting to see our project helping a member of our own community!

We hope to keep selling books and be able to give even more scholarship money through Champions of Diversity next year!

Thanks to everyone who has purchased a book for helping us achieve our dream of giving a scholarship. It feels pretty amazing to realize in our first years of high school that we can change the lives of migrant students right here in our community. We hope to do even more!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by davidccowan on February 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    The students represent the voices of many others we may never know. They are witnesses for justice and social change. They are the “dreamer generation” that will make a difference in the 21st century because their voices represent the disenfranchised and marginalized minority that simply want to work towards a better future for all of us.

    Give them my congratulations on the social impact that they are having on the communities that they visit with their presentation, testimony, and video. They will look back at this time when they bravely told their stories that made a difference with comprehensive immigration reform.

    They will tell their children of the struggles that they overcame by speaking truth to the power. That truth is in their book and the power is in their words. They must feel rewarded by the attention paid to their testimony, but what will prove the power of their words will be the inevitable change in discriminatory attitudes, laws, and immigration legislation.

    Eventually, they will begin to realize that their dreams made their future come true because they dared to speak the truth to those who have the power to write legislation that impacts their immediate lives. They represent the best of our democratic traditions.

    Salutos los sonadores,
    David Cowan

    Reply

  2. The students represent the voices of many others we may never know. They are witnesses for justice and social change. They are the “dreamer generation” who will make a difference in the 21st century, because their voices represent the disenfranchised and marginalized minority youth that simply want to work towards a better future for all of us.

    Give them my congratulations on the social impact that they are making on the communities that they visit with their presentation, testimony, and video. They will look back at this time when they bravely told their stories that made a difference for comprehensive immigration reform.

    They will tell their children of the struggles that they overcame by speaking truth to power. That truth is in their book, and the power is in their words. They must feel rewarded by the attention paid to their testimonies, but what will prove the power of their words will be the inevitable change in discriminatory attitudes, laws, and comprehensive immigration legislation.

    Eventually, they will realize that their dreams came true because they dared to speak truth to those who have the power to write legislation that impacts their lives and future. They represent the best of our democratic traditions.

    Salutos los sonadores,
    David C Cowan

    Reply

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