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On May 23, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter alongside members of his council, Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilman Elvis Maldonado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez participated in the MAC (Mexican-American Council) Migrant Student Scholarship Golf Tournament.
The scholarship fund was established to support high-achieving but financially challenged students of migrant farm working families. The MAC’s overarching mission is to ensure that every one of these students entering the school system as a kindergartner receive the support they need to achieve high school graduation.
Moreover, the MAC also seeks to provide those graduates with the necessary funds to pursue a post-secondary education that they may have the same options as other students who have better access to financial resources. This year, they will also be presenting the “Living Hero” scholarship award, which honors an exceptional migrant student who has served our nation in combat.
“Without the significant contributions made by the Mexican and Mexican-American communities in Homestead throughout a great many years, we wouldn’t be the city we are today,” said Mayor Porter. “What the MAC does, under the quality leadership of Council President Maria Garza, is truly a blessing. With the high cost of an education often being prohibitive for low income families, they make it possible for these students to chase their dreams.”