Mexican Consulate awarded $73,000 in scholarships to Mexican students

The Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, supports Mexican students that excel academically, promoting IME-Becas Scholarships 2014-2015. The program was created in 2005 at the initiative of the Mexican government whose aim is to allocate resources to increase and facilitate academic and professional development of Mexicans and strengthen the capacities of institutions and organizations offering educational programs for Mexican migrants in the United States.

Since then, the government of Mexico grants 10 million pesos annually.
With an emotional ceremony, the Mexican Consulate of Little Rock convened the Local Committee, institutions, recipient organizations and special guests on November 20, 2014 in a award ceremony of $73,000 in grants.

This year, the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock presented the grants from the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME, Institute for Mexicans Abroad) or “IME-Becas" to Arkansas Tech University (ATU) and the Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas (HWOA) program.

The provision of resources allocated and the modality was as follows: Arkansas Tech University received an amount of $33,000 in the form of higher education grants. The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas received an amount of $30,000 in the form of a higher education grant. Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas received an additional amount of $10,000 in the form of education grants for adults over 15 years old. Mexican Consul, David Manuel Preciado Juarez, said the awards will be matched by the institutions for a total impact of $169,000. ATU will match the grant with $66, 000 for a total of $99,000. HWOA will contribute with $40,000 for a grand total of $70,000.

“The Consulate of Mexico takes great pleasure on being able to support Mexican and Mexican-Americans in their dream of pursuing higher education studies through the IME Fellowship Program,” said Preciado Juarez. “We believe that the benefits of having one student start, continue or finish college multiply tenfold in the community. After the passing of the Dream Act in the State, the Consulate is thrilled to partner with ATU and the HWOA and any other other Arkansas Institution that agreed to match funds to our grants in order to provide education access opportunities. We look forward to our continuing collaboration, ” said David Manuel Preciado Juarez, Mexican Consul. For additional information, visit

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