VAMOS and UTPA Foundation donate $30,000 each for scholarships
Posted: 06/25/2001
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The Valley Alliance of Mentors and Scholarships (VAMOS) and The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation recently contributed $30,000 each for 20 scholarships in the UTPA/VAMOS Valley Scholars Program.

This $60,000 annual contribution provides financial support to Valley Scholars who have completed their two-year program at South Texas Community College (STCC) and are transferring to UTPA.

"We want to improve the quality of life for our young kids and help them come back to help other VAMOS students come up the ladder," said VAMOS President Alonzo Cantu.

From left, Johnny Oliva, VAMOS Board of Directors; Yvonne Guajardo, VAMOS executive director; Mimi Haddad, VAMOS Board of Directors; Alonzo Cantu, VAMOS president; Belinda Cerda, scholarship recipient; Roy Martinez, UTPA Foundation chair; Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs; Sonia Falcon, VAMOS vice president; and Paul R. Rodriguez, VAMOS Board of Directors.

The program is administered through the University Scholarship Committee and the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services.

"With VAMOS, I was able to go full-time to school and dedicate myself to my education," said Belinda Cerda, senior biology major and VAMOS scholarship recipient. "I think it is so wonderful how the community is coming together to help students succeed."

Created in early 1995, VAMOS is comprised of local professionals dedicated to helping students attend college. It provides scholarships to Hidalgo County high school students for their outstanding achievements and academic performances.

UTPA Foundation Chair Roel (Roy) Martinez said the UTPA/VAMOS Valley Scholars Program really helps Rio Grande Valley students. Indeed, he would like to see more local and national companies get involved in giving students the opportunity to expand their minds through such programs.

"I would just like to relate to other companies to familiarize themselves with what UTPA has to offer so they may help the program," Martinez said. "The more help we receive, the more students will benefit from the program."