Texas Southmost College is the recent recipient of a Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior Becas program grant from the Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville. The Mexican government program provides help to organizations and institutions of higher education that promote and focus on areas such as literacy, English as a second language, adult education, computer skills and job training.
“The Hispanic community is a large community and sometimes they don’t have access to higher education because they don’t have access to financing, so we want to support them,” said General Consul Juan Carlos Cué Vega. “It is our partnership with TSC that helps make this possible.”
TSC’s IME Becas program grant award is in the amount of $12,000. TSC will match the amount, bringing the overall total of the scholarships that will be available to $24,000. Along with the official grant presentation, representatives signed a memorandum of understanding between the consulate and TSC.
Partnership Expands Opportunities
The long-standing partnership between TSC, the Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville and IME Becas has provided Mexican national or of Mexican origin students financial assistance in the form of scholarships for several years.
“Scholarships from community partners, such as this one, help make college more affordable for students by providing additional funding to cover tuition, books or living expenses,” said TSC Board Chairman Ruben Herrera. “This will help with the financial stress that students face when pursuing a higher education. And we thank the Consulate of Mexico, IME Becas and the Mexican government for giving our TSC students this grand opportunity.”
TSC alumna Ana Morales also received the IME Becas scholarship in 2018 and said for someone like her, from a low-income family, the financial assistance was a life saver. Now, she is glad that more students will get the help they need.
“This is a great opportunity that TSC and the IME Becas program is providing for its students and I’m glad to see it continue,” said the 26-year-old. “All students who qualify should take advantage of this because speaking from personal experience, it really is a big help.”
Students who would like to apply for the IME Becas scholarship must submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to the TSC Financial Aid Office. Scholarship recipients are on a first-come, first-served basis.