Social Science Club raises scholarship money

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 15, 2012 

The newest club at Merced College, Los Banos Campus, wants to make becoming educated in human behavior a little less expensive.

The Social Science Club, which has 15 to 20 members, is holding a series of fundraisers to start scholarships for students planning to specialize in the field. The club began at the beginning of the semester.

"It's an idea that I had to get an extra-curricular activity going," said sociology Professor and club adviser Scott Coahran.

The club is trying to raise $500 to be split between two scholarships, one for $300 for a social science student transferring to a four year school and one for $200 for a Merced College, Los Banos Campus, social science student continuing studies on campus.

The club has held a series of fundraisers in the past four months, including various movie nights on campus and a bake sale/flea market at Pacheco Park on Saturday.

Gildardo Castillo Jr. plans to major in psychology and transfer to a school in the University of California system, preferably Berkeley. Castillo said he enjoys being part of a new club.

"There's a lot of challenges we face, like getting people to participate," he said, "but overall it's fun."

The club's fundraiser on Saturday included the sale of everything from cupcakes and cookies to DVDs, plants and costume jewelry. The group also held a raffle with the help of a handful of downtown businesses.

The club has surpassed its $500 goal, raking in a little more than $140 from the fundraiser.

"We've already exceeded what we wanted. We could work on a third scholarship, I don't see why not," club member Peggy Edwards said.

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