EDINBURG - The University of Texas-Pan American recently received a $398,900 grant aimed at revitalizing low-income neighborhoods in the Rio Grande Valley.
"Helping these higher learning institutions forge partnerships with neighborhoods is another way that this administration is investing in Latino communities in need," said Vice President Al Gore. "These grants will work in creating more livable communities for working families and students."
UTPA was among 14 Hispanic-serving colleges and universities from across the country to receive funding from the Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program grant
Under the new program, eligible activities must benefit primarily low- and moderate-income residents, help prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or meet an urgent community development need.
"After working closely with Vice President Gore on initiatives to increase funding for Hispanic-Serving Colleges and Universities for the last three years, I can tell you that he is well-acquainted with our needs," said Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. "This grant evidences that commitment."
This grant is part of President Clinton's "America Goes Back To School" initiative. This annual effort focuses on improving education across America and provides special opportunities for communities to reaffirm their commitment to learning and education.
Applicants must be accredited, nonprofit two-and four-year institutions of higher learning that have at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time, undergraduate enrollment, with at least 50 percent of them being low-income individuals.
Approximately 200 schools are eligible to apply for the program. A total of 36 colleges and universities applied for grants.
The grants will go to:
Arizona Pima County Community College $388,960
California Gavilan College $399,953 Santa Ana College $400,000
Colorado Adams State College $342,310
Florida Barry University $399,999 Florida International University $400,000
Massachusetts Northern Essex Community College $400,000
New Jersey Passaic County Community College $400,000
New Mexico New Mexico State University $370,000 Western New Mexico University $344,878
New York Bronx Community College $400,000
Puerto Rico University of Puerto Rico $399,557
Texas St. Philip's College $397,867 The University of Texas-Pan American $398,900
For more information, contact Roland Arriola, Vice President for External Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American, at 956/381-2919.