Pitzer College held its third annual Fabian Núñez ’97 Chicano Latino Scholarship Benefit at the Univision Headquarters near downtown Los Angeles on April 27. The Scholarship, established in 2004 in honor of Pitzer alumnus Fabian Núñez, is the College’s first scholarship designed specifically for Chicano Latino students, providing a wonderful opportunity for the Pitzer community to celebrate the College’s diversity while honoring Núñez for his commitment to education and social justice.
More than 120 guests turned out for the Benefit, which included a reception and program hosted by Univision’s President and General Manager Jorge Delgado and Channel 34 News Anchor Teresa Quevedo. Among this year’s speakers were guest of honor Fabian Núñez, President Laura Skandera Trombley, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina P’09, California State Assembly Member Kevin de León ’03 and Pitzer College Trustee Cynthia Telles as well as lead donors Andres Irlando of Verizon and Fernando de Necochea of Southern California Edison.
The program also included a ten-minute video created by Media Studies major Kimberly Bautista ’07, which featured 2007 Núñez scholarship recipients Christopher Acosta ’07, Zoe Alvarez ’07, Tim Campos ’10, Brittany Dávila ’10, Laura Dominguez ’09, Sergio Donis ’07, Christopher Galarze ’09, Sandra Gonzalez-Gutierrez ’09, Sara Hinojos ’08, Nelson Jimenez ’09, Michael Lopez ’09, Candy Navarro ’07, Claudia Ramirez ’08, Alejandro Sanchez ’08, Claudia Sandoval ’10 and Justin Weitzel ’09.
Since its inaugural year, the Núñez Scholarship has grown significantly, providing opportunities for approximately thirty students, sixteen of whom were awarded scholarships this year. The Scholarship has also grown in terms of corporate sponsorship, with more than twenty corporate donors joining the Benefit Committee in 2007. This year’s Benefit was a tremendous success, raising more than $250,000—a 67 percent increase over 2005–06—and bringing several new sponsors on board, including Altria Corporate Services, ConocoPhillips, E & J Gallo Winery, General Electric, Plaza Mexico, Reynaldo’s Mexican Food Company and SE Corporation, among others.
To find out more about the Fabian Núñez ’97 Chicano Latino Scholarship and to make a gift, visit: www.pitzer.edu/clsbenefit.