Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuition for Deportable Valedictorian
We have previously reported on the high school valedictorian from Fresno who faced deportation because his parents asylum application was denied. Senator Feinstein introduced a private bill for the family, and now a private citizen has offered to pay his college tuition. John Koopman reports in the S.F. Chronicle:
The future looked bleak for 17-year-old Arthur Mkoyan a couple of weeks ago.
A 4.0 student and the valedictorian at his high school in Fresno, Arthur had lost his chance to study chemistry at UC Davis this year because of immigration problems involving his father, who had come to the United States more than 16 years ago. He wasn't sure if he would stay in the States, get deported or ever finish his education.
Until Sherry Heacox stepped in.
The Danville resident saw a story about Arthur's plight in The Chronicle in July and decided to help him out. She's going to pay for him to go to UC Davis for four years. Click here for the rest of the story.