The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Mexican American Committee on Education (MACE) of San Benito County awarded thousands at their annual Student Scholarship Reception, held at San Benito High School on May 12.

This year, LULAC and MACE awarded six scholarships to well-deserving students: Bernadette Hernandez (who will be attending Sacramento State University), Jasmine Zepeda (Gavilan College), Yumira Perez (Sacramento State), Dayana Campaign (CSU Stanislaus) and Natalie Delgado (CSU Stanislaus) recipient of both scholarships.

“I was not just part of LULAC, but LULAC became a part of me, and being a recipient of their scholarship is a true honor,” said Hernandez, a LULAC scholarship recipient.

The chosen students not only demonstrated scholastic achievement, but provided hundreds of combined volunteer hours to making their community a better place.

“San Benito County LULAC is proud to have awarded over $164,000 in scholarships, since 1988, to graduating seniors,” said Cesar Flores, LULAC president.

MACE President Veronica Lezama said, “It is the mission of LULAC and MACE to support the youth of San Benito County and provide them with the resources they need in order to succeed.”

LULAC is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers students and builds strong communities. MACE scholarship fund raising began in 1970. Over the years, MACE has awarded more than $425,000 and assisted than 500 students to attain a higher education.