Salt Lake Mexican Consulate Awards UVU Scholarships Grant For Fourth Year
November 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Yudi Lewis
Utah Valley University’s Latino Initiative has been selected for the fourth year in a row by the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City to receive a $5,000 scholarship grant for the 2013-2014 academic year. In addition, $3,500 in grant money has been allocated to the UVU School Community University Partnership to provide GED classes in Spanish.
“We are honored to be a fourth-year recipient of the IME Becas scholarship grant,” said Yudi Lewis, program director of the UVU Multicultural Student Service’s Latino Initiative and winner of the 2013 Pete Suazo Social Justice Award. “Past grants have allowed us to help many Latino students at UVU achieve their academic goals.”
The IME Becas scholarship program aims to help students of Mexican descent living in the United States achieve a college education. Since 2009, UVU has received a total of $53,000 in scholarship grant funds through the program.
A high percentage of Latino students attending UVU trace their roots to Mexico, and UVU’s Latino Initiative is committed to helping Latino students find success in their education, families, careers and communities.
That commitment includes managing the IME Becas program. As director of the initiative, Lewis has established a follow-up mechanism for recipients of the IME scholarship, requiring students to meet with the her, other professors, tutors and academic advisers five times during spring semester to report their progress, concerns and plans.