Students Approve Fee for College’s Full Scholarship for Undocumented Students

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“Within the current political landscape of Arizona it is critical that Prescott College shows our commitment to education as a human right,” says Miriel Manning, founder of the Freedom Education Fund.

Prescott College will implement a $30 student fee for all on-campus students that will go towards the Freedom Education Fund, a scholarship for undocumented students, starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. Prescott College is proud to announce the availability of this scholarship to 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.

This is the first time a four-year college in Arizona has implemented such a fee, and only the second in the country to do so. The fee was a student­ led initiative with collaboration between undergraduate and Social Justice and Human Rights Master of Arts students, community members, and faculty members.

Prescott College President John Flicker says, “I am proud that our students take on the role of scholar activists. 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 fee will support one student this coming academic year, but the College hopes to raise additional funds to support more full tuition scholarships for additional undocumented students.

“Within the current political landscape of Arizona it is critical that Prescott College shows our commitment to education as a human right,” says Miriel Manning, founder of the Freedom Education Fund and student in the Social Justice and Human Rights Master of Arts program. “We were inspired by courageous leadership and organizing of undocumented leaders across the country.”

At Prescott College, the application process and financial aid are open to all students, including both undocumented and DACA-status students. Students interested in applying for the Freedom Education Fund scholarship should contact Admissions at (928) 350-2100 or Financial Aid at (928) 350-1111.

Anyone interested in building the Freedom Education Fund can donate at freedom.education.fund.kintera.org, or contact Miriel Manning at miriel.manning@prescott.edu to get involved.