Last week I met with a longtime friend and partner Guadalupe and Ruben Bojorquez from Casa Cultural Saybrook Park, an Art organization and nonprofit sponsored by East LA County Parks & Recreations and Supervisor Gloria Molina. I was promoting the SAI's Scholarships and the event coming up on November 2014 to benefit our scholarsphip fund.
Ruben metioned that the organization sounded familiar. After a few minutes he asked if at one time we had a campus in Gardena. I replied, "yes!"
It turned out he had attended the school along with his brother Roberto Bojorquez, who has since passed away. He said that he knew I worked for SAI but it couldn't possibly be the same school he attended back in 1958. The campus had closed in the 80's and since the organization founded 1909, couldn't possibly still be around.
Below is a certificate and picture of Roberto Bojorquez.
From right to left. Gonzalo Gonzalez is pursuing a degree in Behavioral & Social Sciences. Gonzalo will be transferring to CSUN and continue towards his degree in Social Services . Dora Canchola is an Outstanding Beginning Keyboarding Student. She completed two years of university studies in Mexico. This is her first semester at Pierce, where she received all A's in Math and English. Far left next to Bob Arivzu, SAI Secretary is Araceli Oviedo Ramirez. She has been an RN assistant for many years and decided returned to Pierce to get her degree in Nursing. --- Congratulations!!!!!!!!
In honor of Becky Aguilar's milestone birthday in 2015, the board of Board of Directors will launch a year long fundraiser campaign to support the Aguilar Family Scholarship Fund.
SAI's Mission began 105 years ago as a Methodist vocational school for boys in Gardena, CA. It continued into the 1970's under the direction of Cliff Aguilar with his partner Becky Aguilar by his side. Today Becky presides as Treasurer of the Spanish American Institute Board of Directors.
Support the Aguilar Family Scholarship Fund by sending your check to:
Spanish American Institute
P. O. Box 92943
Long Beach, CA 90809
or make your online donation: