Migrant Education Program (MEP) has offered workshops to high school seniors who want to go to college for four years. Migrant Program Technician, Roger Romero, organized an event in January at Stevenson Middle School. He showed students how to apply on-line for scholarships and Angela Mora, Pupil Service Attendance Counselor, provided instruction on writing effective personal statements for applications.
Special attention was given to applications for the Drew Silvern Dollars for Scholars Migrant Education Fund which offers scholarships to eligible MEP students. This organization, a chapter of Scholarship America, was founded in 2005 by Lila Silvern, a retired Coordinator of the Migrant Education Program.
Lila wanted to honor the memory of her son, an education journalist, by helping migrant students in their quest for higher education. She received the support of Nellie Barrientos, Migrant Education Program Coordinator, and parents who appreciated the efforts made to help their children get a college education.
Financial awards ranging from $500 to $1500 have been given each year to new and continuing college students. Six graduates will be honored May 26 at a fundraising fiesta. On June 16th, 21 new and continuing students will receive scholarships. The Drew Silvern Scholarship includes mentors who are assigned to each student to offer support and encouragement. Last year, Alicia Moran, of Pepperdine University, spoke to the parents about how they can continue to help their children in college.
Because of supplemental instructional programs offered to migrant students on Saturdays and in the summer, there has been an increase of MEP students qualifying for UC and Cal State universities. These students are wonderful role models for their younger siblings.
For more information about scholarship awards please visit Drew Silvern Memorial Fund and
Drew Silvern Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America.