Mexican Consulate In SLC Taps UVU For Scholarships For Third Year Running
February 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Yudi Lewis (801) 863-7357
Utah Valley University has been selected for the third year in a row by the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City to receive an $8,000 IME-BECAS scholarship grant for the 2012-2013 academic year. The scholarships are an effort to raise the higher education levels of the Mexican population living in the United States.
Since 2009, UVU has received a total of $48,000 in IME-BECAS grant funds of which students of Mexican descent are eligible.
“UVU goes beyond providing scholarships. UVU has the largest number of Mexican college students in Utah,” said Socorro Rovirosa, consul at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City. “UVU has demonstrated to be an institution that cares about the personal and academic development of the Latino and Mexicans students and their families. Moreover, UVU has a commitment to adapt and respond to the Latino needs. In the yearly events, parent orientations, meetings and activities organized by the Latino Initiative, UVU has created strong ties with the community, fostering the connection among the University and the Latino families and facilitating their enrollment [in] UVU courses and educational programs.”
Yudi Lewis, program director of the UVU Multicultural Student Service’s Latino Initiative, said a high percentage of Latino students attending UVU trace their roots to Mexico.
“We are honored to be a third-year recipient of the IME BECAS scholarship grant,” Lewis said. “We have been able to help 32 UVU students of Mexican descent in their pursuit of a higher education degree.”
The UVU Latino Initiative is in charge of the management of the IME BECAS program. The initiative has established a follow-up mechanism for the recipients of the IME scholarship, in which the students meet with the Latino Initiative program director, professors, tutors and academic advisers five times during spring semester, in order to report their progress, concerns and plans.
“This method guarantees that the Mexican students who take advantage of the scholarship will become exceptional students and will continue to support the needs of the Latino and Mexican community in Utah,” Rovirosa said.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.