Hispanic students gathered this Tuesday, June 7th, at the State Capitol building today to receive their Richard G. Cortez scholarships from the Hispanic Business Association, as well as accolades from Governor Otter.
"I fully believe every day we need to raise raise up people, or the day is not complete," said Alice Whitney, President of the Hispanic Business Association.
The students are the direct beneficiaries of the Jalapeno Open, hosted by the Hispanic Business Association, which is a golf fundraiser that has raised more than $300,000 for more than 400 students since its inception 24 years ago.
Eddie Celis has won the scholarship twice. "My mother migrated from Mexico for me to have a better life. My father served 10 years in the Marines. I take that as, in a way, he served his country so I could get an education."
The Jalapeno Open is on August 5, 2016. It features several amusing tee off features, such as a "pot shot" which features a latrine from which the golfer must swing.