FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5th, 2015 | Austin, TX
Consulate press contact: Salvador Ayala
sayala@sre.gob.mx | Dir: 512.382.2815 |Cell: 202.251.9891
Foundation Communities press contact: Alyah Khan
Alyah.Khan@foundcom.org |Dir: 512.610.4009 |Cell: 512-215-1280
PRESS RELEASE
 
Launch Of MEXAUSTIN Scholarships for Hispanic students
 
The Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, in collaboration with Foundation Communities and the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, is pleased to announce the launch of the MEXAUSTIN Scholarships. The purpose of the program is to encourage Mexican and other immigrant and first generation American students to pursue higher education by providing financial aid to high school students bound for college.
 
On behalf of the Mexican Government, the Consul General of Mexico in Austin, Carlos González Gutiérrez, delivered a $70,000 USD check to Foundation Communities, a local nonprofit organization that will oversee and facilitate the scholarship program. The delivery of the check will kick-off a fund that will be annually replenished by the Government of Mexico.
 
Additional funds will be raised through partnerships with Central Texas organizations. The goal is to provide at least 140 scholarships of $1,000 USD. The Consul General and the Executive Director of Foundation Communities, Walter Moreau, invited the community to join the initiative. Potentially interested partners are welcomed to contact the Consulate at (512) 478-2866, ext. 101, or comunidadesatn@sre.gob.mx .
 
The Consul General explained that, according to the Pew Research Center, Latino high school students have the highest dropout rate among all major racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. He continued, approximately two thirds of the Latino population in the U.S. does not have a high school diploma. The Consul General concluded 'We want to do our share to increase the educational attainment of Latino students in Texas.'
 
The call for applications will be announced on January, 2016. It will be open to residents of the jurisdiction covered by the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Caldwel, Coryell, Comanche, Coleman, Falls, Fayette, Hamilton, Hays, Llano, Lampasas, Lee, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Limestone, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson. Further information at http://www.mexaustin.com/ 
 
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