More Scholarship Money Available for Mexican Students

Pictured from left to right are Ricardo Santana, Juanita Flores, David Olivarez Jr., Esmeralda Crespo, Juana Urbina, and Dr. Paul Sorrels.—Laura Nelson photo

By Laura Nelson

Del Rio, Texas-Thanks to the Mexican government, finishing a bachelor’s degree just got a little easier for four Mexican national Sul Ross-Rio Grande College students who live in Del Rio.

In February, the first IME-Becas (Institute for Mexicans Abroad scholarship) was awarded to Cristina Hightower and since then, the Mexican government has made more money available to RGC students.

Esmeralda Crespo attended high school in her hometown of Monterey, Mexico and is working on a degree in business administration. A full-time student, she plans to graduate in December of 2016 and hopes to eventually pursue a master’s degree.

Juanita Flores grew up in Zaragoza, Coahuila and is studying for an education degree with a concentration in bilingual education. After she graduates in May, she would like to stay in Del Rio and teach.

David Olivarez Jr. graduated from Premier High School in Del Rio and the mathematics major plans to finish his degree next spring. He enjoys helping others learn and intends to obtain a master’s degree so he can teach in higher education.

Juana Urbina calls San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato home and looks forward to teaching either Kindergarten or first grade after she earns her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in bilingual education. She graduates in December and plans to pursue a master’s degree.

In the ceremony held March 18, Ricardo Santana, Consul of Mexico, spoke to the families and friends gathered and outlined the shared vision of his country and the U.S. to foster prosperity between the two countries through greater international exchange of students. Latin American governments and the U.S. government hope to increase the number of exchange students to 100,000 Latin American students studying in the U.S. and 100,000 U.S. citizens studying in Latin American countries.

Each student addressed those gathered and thanked the Mexican government and those who supported them in their pursuit of a degree.

Dr. Paul Sorrels, Associate Provost/Dean of RGC, said scholarship funds are still available and encouraged students to apply if they are taking summer classes. IME-Becas funds are used specifically to 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 Rosa Linda Sanchez, Student Support Specialist on the Del Rio campus at 830.703.4812.