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File #: 21-4292   
Type: Grant Applications and Awards
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 6/10/2021
Posting Language: Ordinance approving City Council Project Fund Grant allocation in an amount not less than $50,000.00 with contributions from District 5, 3, 4, 6, 10, and the Mayor's Office to support the Choco Gonzalez Meza Political Science Major Scholarship at St. Mary's University [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer; Emily B. McGinn Assistant to City Council, Office of Mayor and Council]
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DEPARTMENT: Office of City Council

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Emily B. McGinn

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide

SUBJECT: City Council Project Funds Allocation

SUMMARY:

This ordinance approves grant allocations through the City Council Project Fund (CCPF) to support the Choco Gonzalez Meza Political Science Major Scholarship at St. Mary's University. This scholarship will be awarded to local students majoring in Political Science.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The City Council Office began administration of the City Council Project Fund in 2012. City Council approval is required for allocations exceeding $10,000 to an applicant for the same program, activity, events, good or service. This ordinance awards six CCPF allocations in the following amounts from the respective offices:

City Council District
Amount
Mayor
$ 15,000.00 |1010|$ 10,000.00|1010|$ 5,000.00|1010|$ 13,500.00|1010|$ 5,500.00
10
$ 1,000.00
Total
$ 50,000.00


Choco Gonzalez Meza Political Science Scholarship

With funding through the CCPF and Choco's family, the Choco Gonzalez Meza Political Science Major Scholarship will be awarded to Political Science majors at St. Mary's University. Political Science is one of the largest majors in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at St. Mary's. Each year, more than 120 students come to St. Mary's to major in Political Science and pursue their dreams of a career like Choco's. 35% of St. Mary's undergraduates will be the first in their family to graduate from college and 40% come from underprivileged families. The St. Mary's education teaches the enduring importance of social justice, equality, and the common good, preparing students to understand public needs and to propose humane solutions to problems.

The Choco Gonzalez Meza Political Science Scholarship will be a new addition to the scholarships that help keep the exceptional education at St. Mary's accessible to students from any background. St. Mary's anticipates that, like...

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