Ann Peppers Foundation Gives $15,000 to Ortiz Endowment

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - January 13, 1998
Contact: Judy Browning (562) 907-4216
Reference: 97-98/55

ANN PEPPERS FOUNDATION GIVES $15,000 TO ORTIZ ENDOWMENT

The Ann Peppers Foundation has contributed $15,000 to the Martin Ortiz Endowed Scholarship Fund at Whittier College.

Created in honor of the founding director of the college's Center of Mexican American Affairs, the Ortiz fund has a goal of $1.5 million. This latest gift brings the total pledged so far to $370,000. Other donors include the Guadalupe Fund, the BankAmerica Foundation, the George H. Mayr Foundation, TELACU, and the Union Pacific Foundation.

Ortiz, who was the sole Latino graduate in Whittier's Class of 1948, has directed the college's Center of Mexican American Affairs for almost 28 years. When the center was founded in 1970, the college's Latino enrollment was just 5.5 percent. Today's enrollment is more than 30 percent Latino, one of the highest percentages among the 73-member Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. In addition, Whittier's retention rate for Latino students is above average for the whole student body.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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