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Mexican Consulate gives $60,000 check for UIW student scholarships

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SAN ANTONIO – The Mexican Consulate presented a $60,000 check to the University of the Incarnate Word Wednesday to fund scholarships for students of Mexican origin as part of the IME Fellowship Program.

The scholarship program was created in 2005 to help Mexican students continue or finish their academic education. The Mexican government contributed to the development and personal improvement of Mexican immigrants that live in the United States.

The program offers support to several community and learning centers in the United States for individuals in literacy, elementary, middle school, GED, computer courses and ESL. Since 2005, 44,000 students have benefited from this program with an annual grant of over $670,000.

In 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto quadrupled the initial funding to the program, granting higher educational institutions of the United States $4 million to benefit approximately 12,000 undergraduate students.

The Mexican government's allies in the effort include educational institutions, local governments and business enterprises. In 2014-2015, 44 Mexican consulates will participate in the program in the United States.

"We are very pleased to be working with the Mexican consulate on this program," said Dr. Louis Agnese, UIW president. "The scholarship opportunity will allow minority students to achieve their dreams and contribute back to society in the U.S. and in Mexico. "

A limited number of scholarships will be provided to students of Mexican origin as part of the fellowship program. Awards will be given to current students and incoming students for fall 2015. UIW will match the $60,000awarded by the program for the 2015 fiscal year. Students must have a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 to be eligible for the scholarship.

For more information on the scholarship opportunity, contact UIW's International Admissions Office or call 210-805-5707 or Estela Gutierrez at the Mexican consulate at 210-227-1089.