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Latino Scholarship Fund expands

The scholarships go to students from Klamath, Jackson, and Josephine Counties, Apr. 17th 2016, (KTVL/Megan Allison)

ASHLAND, Or. -- The Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund was founded in 2003 to help students from Jackson, Klamath, and Josephine Counties go on to four-year universities. Chela Sanchez is one of the scholarship founders. She said the funding goes to local students who want to attend local schools.

"Latino culture usually stays close to home so the money that's raised is for Oregon schools for students to go to Oregon," she said.

Sanchez said this is important in the Rogue Valley, where she sees a lack of Latino voices in the professional community.

"If we have more professionals involved in the community, there's more people at the table that can actually talk about issues that pertain to us directly," she said.

Amaryllys Monje is a freshman at Southern Oregon University. She said receiving this scholarship helped her realize the importance of education.

"A lot of latinos in the valley don't go to school just because it's really hard to pay for school and stuff so it's nice to know that there's scholarships that want latinos to get educated and pursue whatever they want to do," Monje said.

Linda Escot is also a freshman at SOU. She said the scholarship fund is not only a support system, but is helping to change stereotypes in the community.

"In our society or my culture it's always that females have to stay home, cook, clean, and be a stay-at-home mom. Or get married. So I feel like it's really important for us to have that support," Escot said.

The fund normally gives scholarships to ten students. This year the extra funding will help 15 go on to a four-year university. For more information on how to donate visit solsf.org.


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