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Senn High To Raise Scholarship Money For Undocumented Students This Saturday

Senn-21Senn High School in Edgewater will hold a dinner this Saturday to raise money for a scholarship program that seeks to help undocumented students who attend school on its campus go to college.

“It is a wonderful event for a great cause,” said Alexander Roi, a guidance counselor at the school who is also the student council coordinator. “We have awarded more than $8,000 in scholarships so far to very deserving students.”

Senn High School’s student council started the program in 2014 in order to help students who were not eligible to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) attend college.

Last year, two graduating seniors received the $1,500 scholarships.

Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education that develops and processes the FAFSA applications. It provides grants, loans and work-study funds for students who attend college or career school.

But students who are undocumented, who are not permanent U.S. residents, or who do not fit other, specific requirements are not allowed to apply for federal student aid. This means they are missing out on more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds each year, according to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about.

Saturday’s event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will include salad, pasta with meatballs, garlic bread, dessert and a beverage. A vegetarian option will be available. It will also include important school information.

Tickets are $15 for those who are 13 years old and older, and $5 for those who are 12 years old and under.

“This is the big event where we bring in the community, they can look around the building, get some art performances from our students, have a good pasta dinner and learn about the wonderful things we are doing in Senn,” Roi said.

He added that if people cannot attend, donations to the scholarship fund are still welcome.

Community members have sent in donations to the main office on the student council’s behalf, he said.

Those who would like to attend the dinner are advised to purchase tickets ahead of time by calling Senn High School at 773-534-2862. The school is located at 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.

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