Prairie State College Receives Casa Club Yuriria Scholarships


Left to right: Jesus Mosqueda, club representative in Mexico; Arturo Guzman, club sports director; Ruben Zavala, club event director; Esperanza Torres, club assistant to the sports director; Cathy Killian Kloss, executive director PSC Foundation; Miguel Gomez, president, Casa Club Yuriria; Dr. Eric Radtke, President, PSC; Maria E. Gomez, club advisor; Jose Ivan Guerrero, club editorials; Alice Garcia, PSC director financial aid. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– This could be the start of something great. That’s the hope of Casa Club Yuriria and Prairie State College (PSC). At a ceremony Wednesday, May 5, held at PSC, Casa Club Yuriria members presented PSC Foundation Executive Director Cathy Killian Kloss and PSC President Dr. Eric Radtke with a check for $4,000. The money is to be used for four $1,000 scholarships designated for Hispanic students in financial need.

The unique aspect of the scholarship program is that each student who receives a scholarship award agrees to sponsor a student after the scholarship recipient has established themselves in their chosen field. The goal is to develop a “scholarship chain” with recipients reaching back and helping others once they are established after graduation.

“It is our hope that the Casa Club Yuriria Scholarship Chain is just the beginning of a commitment that will grow with each scholarship awarded,” said Miguel Gomez, president of Casa Club Yuriria. “The main goal is that the scholarship chain grows, and students are able to reach their dreams.”

The hope is to grow and develop the relationship between the club and the college to award additional dollars to deserving Hispanic students.

Casa Club Yuriria is a non-profit social organization dedicated to helping the Hispanic community. Casa Club Yuriria members all have ties to the city of Yuriria in central Mexico. Through fundraising social events, they raise money for a variety of causes, both in the Chicago area and in their hometown of Yuriria. This is their first donation to the PSC Foundation.

“We are honored and excited about this opportunity to provide additional financial support to deserving Hispanic students in our district,” said Radtke.

Requirements for the Casa Club Yuriria scholarship include a completed information sheet, 200 word essay, one parent must be of Hispanic origin, and demonstrated financial need. The scholarship recipients will be chosen by the PSC Foundation scholarship committee. “We are going to leave the selection of recipients up to the PSC Foundation,” said Maria E. Gomez, Casa Club Yuriria advisor. “We would like to know who receives the scholarships and have the opportunity to get to know them.”

“The PSC Foundation will encourage the scholarship chain envisioned by Casa Club Yuriria, and is appreciative of all the club’s fundraising efforts that led to this wonderful gift,” said Cathy Killian Kloss, executive director of the PSC Foundation.