Scholarship winners won't receive full funding
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ten San Diego students who won a competition with a total prize of $176,000 in college scholarships have learned that most of the money won't be paid because organizers say they ran into financial troubles.
Jim Hester, the attorney who ran the competition, tells U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1dS1Kna) that $38,000 was distributed before the funding stopped.
The group STOP 2011, along with the nonprofit Heartland Coalition, offered the scholarships for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Those partner organizations, both based in San Diego, chose five winners each year.
Hester says the program's collapse came after donors backed out and a planned 5K fundraising walk fell apart.
One winner, Miranda Ceja, now a freshman at California State University Long Beach, says she received just $1,500 of her expected $14,000.
Information from: KSWB-TV, http://kswbtv.trb.com/