Millionaire Jeff Hawkins’s interest in this cause began when he discovered that one of his daughter’s high school friends was undocumented
"Silicon Valley millionaire Jeff Hawkins, the inventor of the Palm Pilot, donated around $300,000 to Educators for Fair Consideration, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps undocumented students achieve their academic and career goals. He said he intends to increase his financial support as the organization finds new ways to help undocumented students".
Undocumented college students get support from tech titan, state lawmakersBy Sarrah Nomanbhoy
30 May 2012
Undocumented college students get support from tech titan, state lawmakers
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In 2011, California moved in the opposite direction, making undocumented students eligible for $88 million in private scholarships. In 2013, $38 million in publicly funded financial aid will also be available to these students, when AB 130 and 131, state laws known collectively as the California DREAM Act, take effect. Still, states do not have the authority to grant U.S. citizenship to students who receive this financial aid.
In the last five years, the number of scholarships from foundations and private donors available to undocumented students has also grown dramatically, according to William Perez, an associate professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif, and author of a book that examined the challenges of undocumented Latino students.
But while strides are being made to help at least some of the estimated 26,000 undocumented students living in California, those who do get to go to college still face stiff challenges when they graduate.
“College was a protective environment in many ways, providing financial support and a readily accessible community of peers and staff promising to protect me,” said Fermín Mendoza, an undocumented 2011 college graduate who received a full scholarship from Stanford University. “When the DREAM Act failed [during] my senior year in college, I became really anxious and afraid of postgraduate life as an undocumented immigrant.”