Rural laborers and farmworker leaders gathered this weekend to honor a New York University-bound freshman whose own parents work in Valley fields.
Chowchilla High School graduate Alejandra Segovia was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, which was one of several granted by the United Farmworkers of America to various students in three states as part of the 2013-2014 Si Se Puede! Scholarship Program. The scholarship is the fruit of the contributions of UFW members, who requested money be set aside to help college students, said Tanya Leonzo, an organizer with the UFW.
Segovia was joined by her mother, Maria Segovia, in a reception attended by UFW leaders, organizers and members at the local UFW office. The program on Friday included prayer and speakers, including a message from the union president. Alejandra, who plans to study business at NYU, said she was grateful for the help.
“I am so thankful for their support. It is endearing to me. It makes me want to work harder,” she said...