EL MONTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Once again, the Southern California District Council of Laborers (SCDCL) is proud to have sponsored the Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Golf Tournament and Dinner. This scholarship event raises money for the dependent children of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) members in Southern California to attend post-secondary institutions.
Now in its 20th year, the Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund provided $182,500 in scholarship monies to 89 students for the 2015 academic year. Southern California District Council of Laborers (SCDCL) Business Manager, Armando Esparza said, “I am so proud of our union for creating this opportunity for our members’ children. Laborers in Southern California, and throughout the country, are incredibly hard-working and want nothing more than to provide for their families. If we can help our members, even a little bit with these scholarships, I think we’ve accomplished our goal as an organization – to improve the lives of our members and their families.”
The Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of raising scholarship monies and honoring its namesake. Mike Quevedo, Sr., came to Southern California from New Mexico at the age of 16 in 1926. Mike began his construction career in 1940, worked his way up through the ranks, and eventually became Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 300 in Los Angeles. A labor pioneer, Mike Sr., believed it was important to give young people in the community a chance to improve their opportunity in life by attending college and this scholarship fund continues that legacy.
Since 2000, the Mike Quevedo, Sr., scholarship fund has provided more than $1,250,000 in scholarship monies for more than 800 children of LIUNA members in Southern California. Student recipients have attended local community colleges and universities throughout California, as well as ivy-league institutions across the country.