Macario Rincon, senior mechanical engineering student at The University of Texas-Pan American, was recently given the opportunity to participate in the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.
The program - which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) - allows financially disadvantaged undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad.
This past semester, Rincon was able to continue his studies at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), also known as Monterrey Tech.
"Monterrey Tech has given me the opportunity to take some of my required upper level courses in Spanish," Rincon said. "ITESM has a remarkable educational system and is the best engineering school in Mexico."
Originally from Brownsville, Rincon has dreamed of becoming an engineer since fifth grade. He enrolled at UT Pan American in spring 2001.
"The education I have received up to now at the University has been excellent," he said. "I do really believe that UTPA has what it takes to become a top school for engineering in Texas and in the United States."
Rincon was one of 172 undergraduate students from over 100 universities and colleges to receive the award. To be eligible for the Gilman scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens and receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of the application.