Norma Stoltz Chinchilla Scholarship For Undocumented Students

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla Scholarship For Undocumented Students

September 23, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Immigrant youth are the future of our state
in particular and our country in general. They are extremely resilient. They’re hard working. They care about their families. They care about the community. For undocumented students in general, when
it comes to our students at Cal State Long Beach they face a number of challenges. Some of the most pressing which are financial because of their limited access
to any kind of financial aid. The stresses of growing up in an immigrant
family who are struggling to survive and I think with that comes a certain amount of fear about
what’s going to happen to their parents or themselves in terms of possibly being deported. We’re among the largest campuses in the United
States helping dreamers. This scholarship is extremely important to
our students because it shows first of all that we believe in them and that we provide
hope and it addresses a concrete need. The need for financial aid. Norma has been on campus for thirty five years. She was actually a mentor of mine. I was a student, and undergraduate, at Cal State
Long Beach. You know Norma has a long history of mentoring
students and supporting immigrant students, first generation students like myself. When we heard about her retirement a colleague
of mine Dr. Jake Wilson and Igot together and tried to figure out a way that we could
acknowledge her legacy but I think also sort of institutionalize her values. For Norma it’s that understanding you have
to look at who people are. You have to look at their lives and understand
where they are coming from. When you understand that when you begin to
acknowledge that and see people for who they are and where they are then you can begin
to understand how you can best support them, how you can best encourage them, how can best
sort of nourish them and contribute to their success. And that’s what Norma’s life has been about. If we want them to succeed, we need to invest
in them and we need to have an understanding that that investment actually comes back and
benefits all of us through the ways that they contribute in the economy and the kinds of
jobs they do in healthcare and engineering and business. We all benefit from that and the state is
stronger for it. If we can nurture and support each other as
individuals we all benefit from that.