Mexican Consul Awards Scholarships

Participating in the IME Becas ceremony held on the RGC Del Rio campus include from left, Consul of Mexico Ricardo Santana, RGC students Maria Chapa, Edith Trevino, Azucena Villanueva, Merary Alcántara, Maria Teresa Ortega, Azayra Campos, and RGC Vice President Paul Sorrels. Becas students not pictured are Gabriela Velazco and Daniela Velazco.

By Laura Nelson

Consul of Mexico in Del Rio, Ricardo Santana, recently visited the campus of Sul Ross State University Del Rio campus to congratulate eight RGC students who received scholarships.

The scholarship funds are made available through the Mexican government’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) of the Ministry of Foreign affairs. IME Becas provides increased accessibility to higher education programs for Mexicans living in other countries and promotes higher education in order for their citizens to contribute to the enrichment of their host countries.

Speaking alternately in Spanish and English, Mr. Santana explained that more than 56,000 Mexican students attending college in the United States have benefited from the program since its creation in 2005.

Six of this year’s recipients will graduate with degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and are preparing to receive endorsements in elementary school bilingual generalist on their Texas teacher certifications.

Aspiring teacher Azayra Campos plans to graduate in December. This is her second time to receive the scholarship. From Ciudad Acuña, she thanked the government her native country as well as Santana and her family for the support she received while finishing her degree.

Merary Alcántara, from Mexico City, is also a two-time IME Becas recipient. She will graduate in December, and while she plans to teach locally after she graduates, she hopes to eventually teach abroad. Ms. Alcántara thanked her grandparents, especially her grandfather, and her mother, who has pushed her to excel.

Edith Trevino sends her four children off to school, attends class, and works on homework with her children or after they are in bed. She was born and raised in Allende, Coahuila, and her parents divide their time between there and Del Rio in order to help with her family. After she completes her teaching degree, she is considering a Master’s in Counseling.

While Maria Chapa has not yet been admitted to RGC’s teacher education program, this proud teacher-to-be from Villa Union, Coahuila, wants to give back to those who arrive in the U.S.A. like she did with no English skills.

Gabriela Velazco, another second time Becas recipient, graduates in December and intends to work as an elementary school teacher.

Daniela Velazco expects to graduate in May of 2017 and would like to enrich the minds of students as an elementary school teacher. She said she relies on scholarships to help pay for her education.

A Spanish major, Azucena Villanueva currently works as a teacher’s aide. From Allende, Coahuila, she plans to complete her degree next May and hopes to provide an example for her daughters, ages 13 and 11.

Maria Ortega, a native of Ciudad Acuña, is studying for a mathematics degree and would eventually like to teach in high school and work towards a Ph.D.

IME-Becas funds help support Mexican national students living in the Del Rio area and enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at RGC. For more information or to apply, contact Julia Alderete, Student Support Specialist on the Del Rio campus at 830.703.4812.

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