Cal Poly ignores plight of Haitian student
February 24, 2010
Alcenat Honorat was sponsored into this country by a San Luis Obispo family four years ago. They took the young man into their home and paid his out-of-state tuition while he attended Cuesta College. The family continued covering Honorat’s college fees when he later transferred to Cal Poly, but the steep out-of-state tuition at Poly has left the family unable to support Honorat further.
Honorat hopes to graduate in 2011 and return to Haiti, which recently was the victim of a catastrophic earthquake. However, he must pay approximately $5,000 in out-of-state tuition by next week in order to register. Failure to register as a full-time student could place the Cal Poly student at the mercy of Homeland Security for possible deportation.
According to Honorat, Cal Poly officials as high as the President’s Office have said they are unable to help the student. Nor can students from Haiti qualify for traditional student loans.
Carolyn Jo of the San Luis Obispo chapter of the American Red Cross has been trying to help Honorat. “Alcenat is articulate, motivated, and intelligent,” Jo says. “He’s so close to finishing his studies and just wants to get back home with the right credentials to help his country rebuild.”
The Red Cross cannot divert money in this case, but Jo is setting up a special account for Honorat through Rabobank Thursday morning. People interested in donating to Alcenat Honrat’s college fund can visit any county Rabobank after noon on Thursday.