Students from Mexico or of Mexican descent will be able to apply for $15,000 in new scholarship money from a grant awarded to National Louis University by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (Instituto Mexicano para l’Externo or IME in Spanish).
Last year, 15 NLU students received scholarships provided by a grant from the Institute. On Dec. 4, one of them, Dulce Coronado, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, told an audience of diplomats and educators how much it meant to her during a press conference at the Mexican consulate.
“I had the passion to get an education, and this helps enable me to do so,” Coronado said in Spanish. “It helps not only me, but also the next generation of youth I teach to pursue better opportunities.”
Mexican Consul in Chicago Carlos Jimenez-Macias invited NLU’s Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., provost, Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D., interim vice provost of academic & external affairs, Monica Ramos, M.A., student success coach and IME project coordinator and Margaret Stemler, Ed.D, director of faculty and program development, to the ceremony, and thanked them during his remarks.
NLU has received IME scholarship monies in 2010, 2013 and 2014, for a combined total of $75,000 benefitting more than 25 students.
Coronado said afterwards that she is teaching in an early childhood center located within Hines Hospital, for the children of its employees.
“I want to continue in the teaching field, and want to be an advocate to let people know there’s help out there and you just have to look for it,” she commented. “I want to work with parents as well as students. Parents need to be well-informed so they can help their children grow.”
Juliana Alejandre, a third-year student pursuing a B.S. in Human Services and Psychology, also received a scholarship last year and attended the December ceremony.
“I want to get a master’s in school psychology and work in a public elementary school as a school counselor,” she said.
NLU students who are Mexican or of Mexican descent, non-FAFSA eligible and with proven financial need may apply for the IME Becas scholarship. They must have and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in the Harrison Fellows or Pioneer Scholars.
They must also contribute 45 hours of community service stipulated by the General Consulate of Mexico. Last year, students provided services to immigrants in literacy, advocacy and community services in different community organizations, or “plazas comunitarias,” assigned by the Mexican Consulate.
The government of Mexico created the IME Scholarship Program in 2005 to help raise the educational levels of Mexican and Mexican-origin individuals in the United States. Since then, the Mexican government has supported it with $10 million annually.
According to Ramos, the IME Becas goals are:
- Supporting the self-improvement of Mexican migrants with financial resources.
- Raising educational levels of the Mexican population in the United States.
- Encouraging the labor certification of Mexican workers to obtain advantages in the labor market.
- Strengthening educational institutions which serve Mexican populations.
At the Dec. 4 ceremony, the Mexican government also presented funds to St. Augustine College, Chicago, and Chicagoland non-profits El Valor, Poder Learning Center and Universidad Popular.
Students with questions about the scholarship are invited to contact Monica Ramos, who has been leading the IME Beca program at NLU since 2013, at firstname.lastname@example.org.