Carla Castillo’s march toward her degree from Cal Poly Pomona received a boost from Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes.
The CPP senior and undocumented student’s financial struggle through college received some relief when she was selected for a California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation $5,000 Scholarship.
“With this scholarship, I am able to continue towards the completion of my degree and show my community that, with hard work and support from organizations such as CLLCF, our dreams can cross borders,” Castillo said.
Castillo is studying international marketing and her involvement on campus ranges from the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to the Womxn’s Resource Center. She has held various leadership positions and is an inaugural Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Officer of Diversity and Inclusion representing undocumented students.
“These scholarships are essential in helping our community thrive in higher education,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “Carla is an exceptional young woman who has already contributed so much to her community. For that, I thank her and congratulate her for being selected; you are an example to the Inland Empire Community.”
Reyes represents Assembly District 47, which includes the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, San Bernardino and the unincorporated areas of Muscoy and Bloomington.
Castillo, who is from Rialto, currently sits on five university-wide committees, including the Transportation Advisory Committee, Search Committee for the Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships and Strategic Communications and the Campus Definitions Committee for the CPP Inclusive Excellence Council.