Mexican gardener creates scholarship fund for Hispanic students

Mexican immigrant Catalino Tapia, who owns a landscape business, created the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation, whose primary goal is to help the children of gardeners go to college, reports Latino Fox News.

Up to now the foundation has helped 112 young people from low-income families. Tapia  crossed the border in 1964 and started working at whatever jobs were available – washing dishes and cars, helping out in flower shops and gardening.

In 1982, Catalino, who worked at gardening on weekends, started his own business. From the outset he and his wife Margarita were keenly aware of how important it was to save money for the education of their sons Adel and Noel.

Though the older brother didn’t want to continue studying and preferred to concentrate on business, the younger continued his studies and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

In 2002, Noel Tapia and another two attorneys, Maribel Medina and Miguel Marquez, gave Tapia all the legal advice necessary to create the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation.

Up to now the foundation has helped 112 young people from low-income families.


About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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