Nearly $250,000 awarded in College Scholarships via Southern California Laborers’ Union
97 Students Awarded Scholarships for 2017
EL MONTE, Calif. (BusinessWire)—The Southern California District Council of Laborers (SCDCL) awards scholarship money to dependent children of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) members in Southern California. In its 22nd year, the Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund contributed $247,500 in scholarship monies to 97 lucky students for the 2017 academic school year. According to the SCDCL Business Manager Jon Preciado, this is indeed the “highest amount ever awarded in the history of the scholarship fund.”
Preciado goes on to say that those who helped raise this scholarship money have “helped some very deserving young people as they start their life’s journey, and I cannot thank you enough for your support. We hope these scholarships will help lessen the financial burden that higher education often imposes on our membership.”
The Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of raising scholarship monies and honoring its namesake. Mike Quevedo, Sr. came to Southern California from New Mexico at the age of 16 in 1926. Mike began his construction career in 1940, worked his way up through the ranks, and eventually became Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 300 in Los Angeles. A labor pioneer, Mike Sr., believed it was important to give young people in the community a chance to improve their opportunity in life by attending college, and this scholarship fund continues that legacy.
Since 2000, the Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund has provided more than $1.6 million in scholarship monies for nearly 1000 children of LIUNA members in Southern California.