We there no U.S. citizens who were worthy of such a tremendous advantage?

Peter Fricke and Christian Spencer of Campus Reform report.

Illegal immigrant granted $15K scholarship in Calif.

A community college student in California will soon be attending the University of California, Los Angeles on a $15,000 scholarship, despite her status as an illegal immigrant.

Until recently, Cinthia Magaña was a student at Santa Monica College (SMC), a community college where “undocumented students are able to enroll…[and] can qualify for residency if they completed three years of high school and graduated,” an admissions operator at the school told Campus Reform on condition of anonymity.

In July, Magaña was awarded the Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship, a two-year, $15,000 scholarship available to prospective transfer students at SMC who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.

Magaña’s family left Mexico when she was five years old, and she has been residing in the U.S. illegally ever since; nevertheless, she has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments, such as becoming the first undocumented student ever to work for the Department of Education.

The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Chui Tsang, who retired in February after spending nine years as superintendent and president of SMC, and all transferring students are eligible to receive the highly competitive award.