"Words conveyed by wisdom and truth influence inevitable change, Las palabras que contienen sabiduria y verdad influyen inevitablemente al cambio" H. Nelson Goodson
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Undocumented Students Denied Mexican Fiesta/WHSF, Inc. Scholarships To Attend Universities
A majority of undocumented immigrants from the tri-state area attend the annual Mexican Fiesta and spend money at the event, but their undocumented children are denied scholarships by WHSF.
By H. Nelson Goodson
September 15, 2013
Milwaukee, WI - A mere fact, did you know, that Mexican Fiesta and Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. generate a majority of revenue for scholarships during the three day festival in late August from a majority of undocumented immigrants that attend the event. But no scholarships are given out to the children of undocumented immigrants who want to attend college or a university.
Only students who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents can apply for WHSF scholarships, according to the scholarship application from WHSF/Mexican Fiesta and LULAC Councils 319 and 322.
Scholarship awards range between $250, $500 to $2,000 and an estimated 100 awards are given out per year.
The WHSF scholarship application cover letters for 2010 and 2012 stated that 100 scholarships will be given out annually, but in 2012 only 52 students got them and so far nearly $1 million in scholarships have been given out since the festival inception (Fox 6 News reported in 2012). Mexican Fiesta celebrated its 40th Anniversity in August, so what happened to all the funds generated at the festival for scholarships, the Hispanic community might be asking?
Also, the WHSF/LULAC Councils 319 and 322 have marched for immigration reform since 2006 along with undocumented immigrants who held up LULAC signs during Voces de la Frontera sponsored marches and no one had noticed that undocumented children desperately in need of scholarships to attend a college or university were being left out from the scholarship process at Mexican Fiesta/WHSF/LULAC Councils 319 and 322.
Mexican Fiesta/WHSF/LULAC Councils 319 and 322 scholarship application for 2012. Citizenship required (PDF), link at
H. Nelson Goodson a foremost respected immigration rights and reform journalist is interviewed by Today's TMJ4 channel TV news reporter Heather Shannon about USICE allegedly taking photos of undocumented immigrants during a march on May 1, 2007 in Milwaukee.
"Words conveyed by wisdom and truth influence inevitable change, Las palabras que contienen sabiduria y verdad influyen inevitablemente al cambio", H. Nelson Goodson said.
Goodson is well known in the local organizing community network. Nationally, Goodson is one of the foremost respected immigration rights and reform journalist.
He is also one of America's foremost Latino civil libertarian.
The Badger Blogger 2008, Patrick wrote: Mr. H. Nelson Goodson, "You have covered things that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper won't and you cover it in a way they fear." Posted on Badger Blogger on August 17th, 2007 at 6:39 p.m.
Goodson was instrumental in helping to coordinate the national Immigration movement early in 2006, which drew millions of supporters for immigration rights and reform. Goodson further encouraged numerous members of the Latino entertainment world to endorse and support immigration reform throughout the nation in 2006, published in "El Conquistador Newspaper" issue on November 21, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Currently, Goodson has more than 32 years experience in news investigative reporting. (2015)
Goodson marched with immigrants calling for a just comprehensive immigration reform, which would create a path for legalization for more than 13 million undocumented immigrants and to keep families together.