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Inland Empire Scholarship Fund


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The Inland Empire Scholarship Fund was started by Dr. Manuela Sosa, a retired dentist, and her husband, Randy Sosa, a retired engineer, to provide scholarships to enable low-income, high-achieving Chicano/Latino students from San Bernardino and Riverside counties to realize their goals through higher education.   To date, in the more than 11 years of serving the IESF has awarded $1.2 million in scholarships to deserving scholars due to the generosity of our donors.

While creating new opportunities for our youth, we strive to deepen the community’s commitment to promote social values of justice, community service, personal responsibility, and respect for others – qualities we believe are essential to creating a stronger Inland Empire and a more equitable society.

In 2009, the Inland Empire Scholarship Fund gave over 100 scholarships to deserving Latino scholars. More than $150,000 was donated by our generous sponsors this year to help young Latino scholars realize their goals through higher education.

The IESF 11th Annual Fund-Raiser and Student Recognition Dinner was held on Saturday, April 25, 2009 to a full house – more than 650 guests – the largest number of guests in the 11-year history. The event was held in the new gymnasium at UCR, and the atmosphere was stunning, and the mood festive. The Master of Ceremony was James E. Blancarte, who is a Los Angeles attorney with extensive community involvement.

Dr. Timothy White, Chancellor of UCR, and Rev. Bishop Gerald Barnes were among those who addressed the attendees. Awardees Hector Gonzalez and Ruth Alcala also shared their experiences.


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