November 2019 will mark the100th anniversary of Martin Ortiz’s birth.
Known as El Jefe to the Whittier community, Ortiz served the College for more than 40 years and founded the Center of Mexican American Affairs on campus in 1971. In 2004, Ortiz received an honorary doctorate from Whittier and the title of director emeritus of the Center of Mexican American Affairs, later renamed the Ortiz Programs in his honor.
The Martin Ortiz 100 Campaign celebrates his dedication to student success by aiming to raise $100,000 to continue his transformative work with Latinx students and families. So far, more than $73,000 has been received from 305 individual donors.
Efforts which donors can support include:
THE MARTIN ORTIZ ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1996 with gifts from Whittier alumni, friends, and foundations honoring Ortiz, the scholarship provides educational opportunities for high-achieving Latinx students each year, and continues El Jefe’s legacy in perpetuity.
ALIANZA DE LOS AMIGOS MARTIN ORTIZ FELLOWSHIP
This fellowship provides select students with an award to undertake a summer internship or research under the guidance of a Whittier faculty member. Ortiz Fellows will be able to take on opportunities that would be otherwise inaccessible due to financial concerns and obligations. The fellowship experience will also enhance the student’s career and graduate school preparedness.
THE ORTIZ PROGRAMS
The Programs are a continuation of Ortiz’s work with Latinx students and their families. The Programs provide academic and career resources, as well as financial aid guidance and overall support, primarily to first-generation Latinx students. In addition, the Programs serve as a liaison between Latinx students, parents, alumni, community organizations, and the College community.
The 2019 Tardeada, a celebration of Latinx culture held during Homecoming weekend, will commemorate Ortiz’s 100th birthday. Everyone is invited to attend.
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