ASUC SENATE INSTITUTIONALIZES THE ASUC TEXTBOOK
UC Berkeley, March 7th: The ASUC Senate approved Senate Bill 52, A Bill In
Support of the ASUC Textbook Scholarship Program authored by CalSERVE
Senator Daley Vertiz, CalSERVE AAVP Candidate Valerie Jameson, and Monica
Ruiz, on the consent calendar Wednesday night. The bill passed unanimously through
the Constitutional and Procedural Review Committee of the ASUC Monday night.
The ASUC Textbook Scholarship Program aims to directly address the increasing
costs of textbooks, which have risen at more than double the rate of US inflation
in the past twenty years. The new ASUC program will provide students with the
opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $100-$250 to be used for
textbooks at the Cal Student Store. A portion of the funds awarded will be refueled
into the ASUC through its commercial relationship with the Cal Student Store.
Students from all economic backgrounds will be eligible to apply for this scholarship;
however, the strict allocation breakdown of funds will divert the most resources to
students most in financial need. The allocation breakdown aims to make the greatest
impact on students most affected by the soaring costs of textbooks.
The passage of SB 52 allocates $2000 a year to this new ASUC program. The authors
of the bill hope to work towards the long-term sustainability of this scholarship
through a comprehensive fundraising effort across various campus departments.
Students can look for the release of the Textbook Scholarship application in April on
the ASUC website.
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