The majority of students at Arizona’s Prescott College signed a petition supporting a fee that will fund scholarships for students who are undocumented immigrants.
According to the Phoenix New Times, students at the private liberal arts college will pay an additional $30 per semester to support the Freedom Education Fund scholarship. A press release said the scholarship will be available in the 2016-2017 academic year for “one undocumented student as part of National Institution’s Coming Out Day in support of undocumented students, an annual event hosted by United We Dream.”
“I am proud that our students take on the role of scholar activists,” Prescott College President John Flicker said in the release. ”Their passion around this issue really motivated our part to make up the difference between what the fee will provide for and the full cost to attend one of our programs. We’re committed to broaden access to higher education for a diverse group of students and mobilize our resources towards social justice.”
“The student reaction to the petition was overwhelmingly supportive,” graduate student Miriel Manning—who founded the Freedom Education Fund—told the Phoenix New Times. “Students were excited about it. They were inspired and motivated to actually get more involved.”
Prescott College says it is the first in Arizona—and the second in the nation—to implement a fee-funded scholarship for undocumented students.