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Precinct Reporter

by Dianne Anderson

One old anti-affirmative action loophole made it possible for 16 Black students to access scholarships this year, a workaround to the long-term negative impact that is still being felt decades later in low-income communities of color.

Most likely, the Cal State University Fullerton students who received their $1,500 scholarships this year were either not born or don’t remember when Proposition 209 first banned so-called preferential treatment.

But, the 1996 state law never banned social justice funds and third-party partnerships.

Greg Saks said they contacted the Orange County Community Foundation, which launched their African American Alliance Fund to see about a partnership. The organization was more than willing to be the custodian of the new Black scholarship fund.