Six National Louis University students earned recognition, and scholarships, from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago on March 20. They also learned about the programs and projects where they will be providing community service, which is required in order to receive the scholarships, earlier in the week.
“We have worked and studied hard to complete our university studies,” said Itzel Hernandez, a Harrison Fellow student in early childhood education and one of the six 2014-15 NLU recipients of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) scholarships.
“My classmates and I have the desire to succeed, and despite the obstacles that we have faced, we are motivated to move forward. We are aware that achieving our goals is not just for our benefit, but also for our families and our community,” she said, thanking the IME for the scholarship’s help in allowing her to graduate.
During the March 20 ceremony, Rebeca Aguilar, the consulate’s Coordinator of Education Programs, talked about IME and the projects the students will be working on during their community service. The Consul of Community Affairs, Luis Angel Castañeda, pointed out the importance of higher education and the impact these students will have in the advancement of the Mexican community in the United States.
The government of Mexico created the IME grants program in 2005 to raise educational levels of Mexican emigrants and those of Mexican descent based in United States. In 2010, the program began offering scholarships to Mexicans pursuing higher education, helping to finance academically outstanding students in universities and community colleges.
The scholarship recipients will also be giving back to others of Mexican origin through the 45 hours of community service they are required to complete. They received community service training on March 17.
Monica Ramos represented NLU in the ceremony, saying that providing resources that enable young people to pursue leadership are crucial for the advancement of the Mexican-American community.