Simpson University Students Visit State Capitol to Talk About Cal Grants

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Simpson University Students at Capitol
Photo, from left: Abdiel Rosas (Biola University student), Melissa Hudson, Elena Bojorquez, Priscilla Guerra (Biola), Katy Gutierrez (Biola), Dr. Cherry McCabe; and state Sen. Mike Morrell.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Simpson University students and administrators recently spoke to state officials about the importance of Cal Grant funding during the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)’s annual Day in the Capitol.

Students Elena Bojorquez and Jermaine Worley visited the offices of state Sens. Ted Gaines, Mike Morrell, Jim Nielson, and Steve Glazier; and state Reps. Jim Frazier, Brian Dahle, James Gallagher, and Chad Mayes during the Feb. 23 event.

The students were joined by Simpson University Executive Vice President Brad Williams; Dr. Cherry McCabe, political science professor; and Melissa Hudson, director of student financial services.

This was the fourth year that Simpson University students, faculty, administrators and staff have traveled to the Capitol to talk about Cal Grant funding. They were among more than 100 AICCU Cal Grant students and administrators who visited 89 legislative offices throughout the day.

Cal Grant funding for students attending private, non-profit colleges and universities has been cut in recent years by the state legislature and has yet to return to pre-recession levels despite an improved California economy. Nearly half of Simpson’s traditional undergraduate California students receive Cal Grants.

“We were pleased with the reception we received from our California Assembly members and senators," Williams said. “The Cal Grant is critical for student access to higher education at all California institutions. This is especially true for AICCU schools like Simpson University that do not receive state subsidies.”

Elena Bojorquez is a sophomore from Banning, Calif., majoring in history with a minor in political science. She plans to go to law school and is considering political service.

Jermaine Worley is a junior from Brentwood, Calif., majoring in Bible and theology.

Click here for a link to TV coverage (in Spanish and English) of AICCU’s Day in the Capitol.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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