Jorge Constantino Pérez-Rico Endowed Scholarship
For nearly 25 years, Jorge Constantino Pérez-Rico served as the liaison between the Center for Public Service and the Latino community, providing opportunities for students and community members to learn from and support each other. His passionate commitment to education and justice inspired those around him.
The Jorge Constantino Pérez-Rico Endowed Scholarship Fund honors his life and memory. It enables Gettysburg College to carry forward Jorge’s vision of equity, opportunity and education for immigrants by supporting DREAMers to realize their goal of obtaining a college education and contributing to the prosperity of the nation.
Despite growing up in the United States and excelling in high school, many immigrants face challenging roadblocks when pursuing higher education. The biggest obstacle is financial need due to their ineligibility to apply for federal and state financial aid.
With your help, we can make this happen. We are $7,800 shy of our goal of $100,000.
This fund will support an annual scholarship to be awarded to an accepted Gettysburg College student who has demonstrated significant unmet financial need with the understanding that it will be part of a larger financial aid package. Preference will be given to a student from Adams County or the surrounding Pennsylvania region with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
ABOUT JORGE CONSTANTINO PÉREZ-RICO (April 12, 1961 - July 18, 2015)
One of Jorge's favorite phrases was “echala ganas” which means, “work with a will,” a phrase he often used as affectionate encouragement. If any person did work with a will, it was Jorge. He was a tireless advocate for justice, education and connecting communities.
Known to many as “profe” and who liked to refer to himself as a “once undocumented worker,” Jorge was an organizer at heart. For nearly 25 years, he energized people and organized programs to connect the Mexican population in Adams County with Gettysburg College students – swimming clinics, a 27-team soccer league, the first local Spanish newspaper, a Spanish radio show at WZBT, English as a Second Language classes, Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals clinics, demonstrations and rallies for immigration reform, and leadership at the Painted Turtle Farm.
In 2012, he founded Casa de la Cultura, a non-profit organization, to ensure the sustainability of this work, forever linking Gettysburg College with the immigrant community.
Jorge was a gracious, intelligent, perceptive, practical, adventurous and tireless friend, educator, father, husband and community leader. His revolutionary spirit, his vision, and his compassion garnered the trust of so many. He dreamed big and cared deeply.
Although we lost so much when Jorge passed suddenly on July 18, 2015, his vision lives on. Today, over 600 Gettysburg College students and 200 local families still participate in meaningful exchanges each year to help each other attain their educational goals.
Jorge had deep appreciation and respect for Gettysburg College and he envisioned a scholarship that would enable local undocumented youth to realize their educational dreams at Gettysburg College.
OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
All gifts are important in helping to make this scholarship and other initiatives of the Center for Public Service successful, and we thank you for any level of support you are able to give. We recognize that some friends and alumni have a greater capacity for giving, and encourage those who wish to contribute to this program at a higher level to reach out to Kim Davidson, Director of Center for Public Service, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss naming and other giving opportunities.