EL CENTRO – The Imperial Valley Chapter of MANA, a National Latina Organization recognized thirty local Latina high school graduates to receive the Imperial Valley Chapter College and University Scholarship and one individual who received the Elsa Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship.
MANA de Imperial Valley is committed to supporting Latinas in furthering their education and in recognizing outstanding students in Imperial County.
The communityâ€™s support at the Las Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser this past year has allowed MANA to raise the funds necessary for local scholarships and provide them to young Latinas who are pursuing higher education.
MANA de Imperial Valley hosted a reception on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the William R. Condit Auditorium, Imperial Irrigation District in El Centro to award the scholarships to the thirty-one recipients.
Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, MANA President stated, â€œMANA of Imperial Valley is honored to announce the 2014 MANA Scholarship recipients. We have an excellent group of young ladies who excelled academically and were outstanding leaders in their community. We wish the students the best as they pursue their educational goals.â€
Moreover, Jazmyn, one of the recipients stated â€œI am excited to pursue my educational goal at USD and I am grateful for this scholarship award.â€
The 2014 MANA Scholarship was made available to Latina high school graduates who met the following requirements: have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent); have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four-year U.S. accredited institution during the 2014-2015 academic year; have community service/school activities involvement and all candidates must have demonstrated leadership and civic/community involvement.
“I am grateful to pursue my educational goal at USD and I am grateful for this scholarship award.”
MANA, a National Latina Organization, was founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women’s National Association. MANA’s original intent was to provide a voice for Mexican-American women at the national, state and local levels. The organization has now expanded into a diverse group of Latinas who continue to develop their abilities in political, social and professional fields. MANA empowers Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy.