Mexican consulate funds scholarships


“Being an IME-BECAS scholar has enormous gravity because it helps me to continue my education,” said Barrientos. “It means to me that I received this scholarship because it confirms that there are programs that seek to help first generation students of Mexican descent like me.”

Noemi Nolasco, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, pursuing a degree in modern languages ​​with a concentration in Spanish language and literature, called receiving the scholarship a “great relief” as it pays for her own college education.

She is the President of the Latin American Student Organization and is excited to see how the IME-BECAS program can expand her leadership skills. One of the most exciting parts of the scholarship program for Nolasco is the chance to learn from Argueta.

“He’s a Latino who works in higher education,” Nolasco said. “And that’s something I’m interested in.”

Besides Barrientos and Nolasco, the other fellows are René Morales, Susana Olivo Sandoval, Jim Ramirez-Ruiz, Caroline Guerero and Emely Arroyo.

Barrientos offers guidance to four other first generation students in his role as peer mentor of the College Assistance Migrant program. He looks forward to the IME-BECAS workshops which connect scholarship recipients with influential Hispanic personalities.

“It allows me to speak one-on-one with them and to establish professional relationships with people in the field of communication,” said Barrientos. “The ultimate goal of this opportunity is to get my name known.”

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