El lunes 11 de noviembre de 2019 se celebró la inauguración del Primer Torneo Anual de Golf de la Fundación Jaime y Blanca Jarrin, con la meta de recaudar fondos para otorgar becas a estudiantes del sur de California. Inicialmente la Fundación trabajará con UCLA y Loyola Law School, y en el futuro espera asociarse con más universidades.

La pasada primavera, Jaime Jarrín, el muy querido presentador del Salón de la Fama de los Dodgers de Los Ángeles, y su familia sufrieron la pérdida de Blanca Jarrín, la matriarca de la familia, lo que sirvió de motivación para establecer la Fundación.

El legendario comentarista ha tenido una carrera de 62 años con los Dodgers de Los Ángeles, ha sido nombrado miembro del salón de la fama, fue el primer periodista latino en ganar el premio del micrófono de oro, cuenta con una estrella en el paseo de la fama en Hollywood y ha sido vocero de Los Defensores por más de 30 años. Su estilo inigualable para narrar los juegos de beisbol de Los Dodgers ha llegado a los hogares de millones de latinos en California.

Hoy queremos mostrar el lado altruista de la familia Jarrín. Que nos regresa a Blanca, el corazón de la familia. Blanca dejó en su familia un legado de amor, caridad y respeto. Y hoy vemos sus frutos con la Fundación Jarrín, cuyo objetivo es ayudar a la juventud a lograr sus metas profesionales.

“La educación ha sido algo muy importante para nuestra familia, empezando por mis papás. Ellos siempre nos exigieron estudiar y salir adelante. Ahora con la situación que vivimos en este país como inmigrantes latinos, nos vamos a defender y ayudar entre nosotros mismos a través de la educación“, afirma Jorge Jarrín, hijo de Jaime, presidente de la fundación, y vocero de Los Defensores.

Para poder darle vida a este sueño, la Fundación Jarrín necesitó del apoyo de Los Defensores, quienes durante más de 35 años, han conectado a la comunidad latina con abogados especializados en lesiones personales.

Jorge Jarrín brindó un mensaje a su principal benefactor: “Quiero agradecer a Los Defensores por ser los primeros en dar un paso adelante y decir, estamos con ustedes, queremos apoyarlos”.

El torneo fue todo un éxito y contó con la participación de 133 golfistas que jugaron para recaudar dinero para esta gran causa. Entre ellos estuvieron jugadores de la MLB, Chris Dickerson, Nomar Garciaparra y Adrián González y celebridades de todos los deportes y el entretenimiento, incluyendo miembros del club de fútbol LAFC, el ex-jugador y entrenador de los Lakers, Byron Scott, y Derek Armstrong, ex-jugador de los LA Kings. La maestra de ceremonias fue Alysha Del Valle, comentarista del clima del canal NBC 4.

Los Defensores hosts an annual scholarship for Latino law students who intend to serve their community in California. While Latino’s make up more than one-third of the state’s population, only 6% of California attorneys are Latino. Our $5,000 scholarship award goes a long way to help support students with their school fees, books, and other educational expenses.

To be considered, students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 were required to complete the application form, and submit supporting documents including a resume, official transcript, and letter of recommendation from someone in the legal community. A personal statement of up to 1,000 words detailing their personal background, service to their community, and financial need was also required.

 

The four winners of the Los Defensores Spring 2017 Scholarship were:

Nelly Chavez (UC Davis School of Law)

Paul Monge-Rodriguez (Berkeley School of Law)

Joanna Torres (Berkeley School of Law)

Jeffrey Vides (UCLA School of Law)

 

Each winner has already demonstrated impressive achievements within the Latino community, and will use their scholarship reward to ease the burden of their law school tuitions.

Chavez completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  During her time at USC, she served as a Spanish language interpreter for the USC Law School Immigration Clinic and worked as an English Teaching Assistant in Madrid, Spain for the Fulbright Student Program – Instituto Doctor Marañón. She has also worked for Legal Aid as a student counselor and at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board as a law clerk.

Monge-Rodriguez received his B.A. Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University. “When I reflect on the experience of being the first in my family to receive a college education, and of overcoming the obstacles that inhibit so many immigrant families, I am filled with a sense of responsibility to use my education to expand the rights and opportunities of other low-income and immigrant Latino families.”

Torres received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded for her work in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), AmeriCorps- JusticeCorps and participated in the UCLA Law Fellows Program. She says that as a recipient of this scholarship, it will provide her an incomparable law school experience of being able to, for once, fully dedicate her time to academic pursuits and to serve as a resource to her community.

Vides graduated from Stanford with a B.A. and now serves as Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review, Chief Managing Editor of the Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, Co-Chair of the Workers’ Rights Group, Legal Clinic, and Treasurer of the La Raza Law Students Association. Learning what his parents endured upon coming to the U.S. has proven instrumental in fueling his desire to enter the legal field. “I felt that I could serve as a bridge to those legal resources that my parents and our community never understood how to access or never had the opportunity to access.”

Congratulations to these four dynamic law students!

Students who are interested in applying next time can monitor our website for more information about the Fall 2017 scholarship, including application criteria and deadline.