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First Things First

Fabian Nunez ’97 Scholarship Benefit: Making a Difference in Students’ Lives

Pitzer College is committed to encouraging and fostering multicultural perspectives on campus, in the community, and throughout the world. Our alumni body mirrors that dedication to diversity. In 2004, the College established a Chicano Latino Annual Scholarship, named in honor of Fabian Núñez ’97, the current Speaker of the California State Assembly. Speaker Núñez, a Pitzer College New Resources alumnus, has instituted change and made a real difference to the people of California throughout his political career. Citing Speaker Núñez's dedication to social justice and education, the College chose to honor him and the example of the Pitzer College philosophy and vision. (continued)

Nunez Scholars
Fabian Núñez 97 Scholars, (l-r) Jason Rivera ’06, Zoe Alvarez ’07, Sandra Gonzalez ’09, Alex Sanchez ’08, Chris Acosta ’07, and Sara Hinojos ’08. Not pictured are Justin Weitzel ’09, Michael Lopez ’09, Claudia Ramirez ’09, Nelson Jimenez ’09, Christopher Galarze ’09, and Laura Dominguez ’09.

Last spring, Pitzer College held the inaugural Fabian Núñez ’97 Scholarship Benefit. The Benefit was enormously successful, allowing 12 Núñez Scholarship recipients to be selected in the 2005-06 academic year. On March 8, Pitzer held the second benefit in support of the Núñez Scholarship at Univision Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, thanks to Pitzer College Trustee Jorge Delgado, president and general manager of KMEX-TV, Univision, and KFTR, Telefutura Los Angeles. The College raised more than $150,000 for the scholarship through the generous support of alumni, parents and friends of Pitzer.

The Benefit program included remarks from Chuck Diaz ’75, Pitzer College Trustee and member of the Chicano Latino Alumni Leadership Committee and guests who heard inspiring words from the keynote speaker, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"Pitzer College and Speaker Núñez understand that our city has no future if our children do not have a college education. I commend Pitzer College for their commitment to making a college education a reality for all students," Mayor Villaraigosa said.

This year’s Fabian Núñez ’97 Scholars are Christopher Acosta ’07, Zoe Alvarez ’07, Laura Dominguez ’09, Christopher Galarze ’09, Sandra Gonzalez ’09, Sara Hinojos ’08, Nelson Jimenez ’09, Michael Lopez ’09, Claudia Ramirez ’09, Jason Rivera ’06, Alejandro Sanchez ’08 and Justin Weitzel ’09. They are all talented young people who are leaders on and off the Pitzer College campus.

Educating highly qualified students from diverse backgrounds and removing financial obstacles to their education is a priority for Pitzer College. In establishing the Núñez Scholarship, Pitzer has taken another concrete step to show its commitment to recruiting and retaining Chicano/Latino students. As other independent colleges and universities, as well as public institutions, increase their efforts to diversify their student bodies Pitzer must continue, and increase, its efforts to provide this first-rate liberal arts education to Chicano/Latino students.