ELAC receives generous donation for scholarships

By Jesus Figueroa

East Los Angeles College received more than $1 million last Thursday from the Blanca Flanagan Rios Irrevocable Trust.

Rios died March 25, 2012, leaving a trust of $1 million to establish the Blanca F. Rios Scholarship Trust at ELAC.

The scholarship will benefit full-time students enrolled at ELAC and in a good academic standing with a “B” average grade point average or better.

Other eligibility requirements include the applicant student’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Mexican culture and history, as well as full-time enrollment and demonstrating financial need.

ELAC’s resources and institutional development office looks to possibly have the scholarship available for applicants sometime during the 2014 spring semester.

A campus-wide email will be sent by the ELAC Foundation notifying students of the availability of the scholarship application.

The scholarship recipient will be awarded a credit towards tuition, books or other academic expenses.

A $15,000 cash donation to the Los Angeles Community College District to be deposited in a trust account to support the ELAC Helen Miller Bailey Library and for no other purpose.

ELAC honored Rios as the Alumni and Philanthropist of the Year at the President’s Gala on June 8 of last year at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

Rios established the Revocable Living Trust on May 8, 1991 and amended and restated on Feb. 16, 2009.

Upon her death, the trust became irrevocable and established two scholarship funds– one fund at ELAC and one at California State University at Los Angeles.

A ceremonial check of $1 million was presented to ELAC from the Blanca F. Rios Scholarship Trust on Thursday outside near the President’s Office at ELAC.

Rios was a Monterey Park resident. She died in 2012 at the age of 99.

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