Campus: Sonoma State University -- March 28, 2000

Miguel W. Hilario picStudent Awarded Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Sonoma State University student, Miguel W. Hilario has been awarded a Year 2000 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Born in a canoe in the rainforest on the Ucayali River in 1970, Hilario is a member of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe in Peru's Amazon basin where he grew up fishing for piranha and hunting monkeys and armadillos. The first of his tribe to leave the rain forest, Hilario studied in Lima, before travelling to the U.S. and eventually settled in Petaluma. Hilario attended Santa Rosa Junior College and in 1999 graduated from Sonoma State University. Hilario says his decision to attend SSU was based largely on the great show of support he received from the people in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). "Because of the caring of the EOP people I made the decision to come to SSU. I just couldn't reject the support they were providing. In particular Sandra Shand."

Of the 30 fellowships offered each year, Hilario will focus his studies on environmental issues, public policy and Latin America. The fellowship program founded to support graduate education for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants, is endowed by a $50 million charitable trust established in 1997 by New York Philanthropists, Paul and Daisy Soros. Each fellow receives one-half tuition cost of graduate study at any institution of higher education in the U.S., as well as a $20,000 per year maintenance grant.

For more information on the Soros Fellowship, contact Warren Ilchman at (212) 5476926 or e-mail

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