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September 23, 2009 > Puerto Rican Union of Mutual Aid scholarships

Puerto Rican Union of Mutual Aid scholarships

Submitted By Patricia Mercado
Photos By Courtesy of Patricia Mercado

PRUMA awarded 12 scholarships to Puerto Rican students graduating from high school or attending undergraduate school at the end of August. The organization, established in 1929 and incorporated on July 7, 1937, is one of the oldest Puerto Rican associations in the United States.

Students were assessed on a written essay, community service and financial need. Extra-curricular, academic performance, honors/awards and PRUMA-affiliation were also considered. Recipients included one student from Hayward, two from Union City, two from Pleasanton, two from Sunnyvale, one from Oakland, one from Castro Valley, one from Fairfield, one from Lamont, CA and one from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ramon Berrios, a founder and first president of PRUMA, was a businessman who opened the Decoto Theatre, a grocery and other stores and constructed many buildings within the neighborhood. He led by example, gave back to the community and impressed the importance of higher education upon his family and fellow Puerto Ricans.

PRUMA honors his memory with the Ramon Berrios Scholarship for Puerto Rican youth striving towards higher learning in college or technical training. PRUMA is pleased to include Vincent Berrios, great-grandson of Ramon Berrios, as one of the Ramon Berrios scholars for 2009. The George Acia Award was made for the first time. The Thelma Quinones Award is in its second year. Acia is a well-known quarto player who plays Jibaro music. He has mentored musicians at PRUMA, throughout the Bay Area and in Hawaii for over 30 years. Although Quinones does not belong to PRUMA, she has supported the organization for more than a decade.

The Scholarship Awards Luncheon was presented by the Western Region Puerto Rican Council (WRPRC) and held at El Club Puertorriqueno de San Francisco, 3249A Mission St, SF, on Sunday, August 30, 2009. Four sister clubs - San Francisco, Union City, San Jose and Modesto - also presented awards to their scholars.

The annual PRUMA Luau is the association's next big event and will be held at the PRUMA Center, 616 E Street, Union City on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m., Polynesian entertainment from 7-8 p.m. and salsa dancing from 8 p.m. - midnight.

Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door. For more information, call the PRUMA Center at (510) 489 0513 or visit

Saturday, Sept 26
6 p.m. - midnight
616 E Street, Union City
(510) 489-0513

Tickets $30 in advance ($40 at door)

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