The University of California at Berkeley is using $1 million to fund scholarships for nearly 200 illegal immigrants, which is the largest single gift for this type of scholarship any American university has ever given out.
Most of the scholarship recipients will be children of immigrants who crossed the border illegally and have grown up in the United States. Such children are currently ineligible for federal grants, loans or work-study positions, making it financially difficult for them to enroll in college.
But Berkeley is a private institution and the grant came from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, a private foundation. The college proudly announced the scholarships grant on its website, announcing that 200 undocumented immigrants from 20 different countries will receive a free education at one of the nation’s best universities. The average family income of each of these recipients is $24,000.
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