Nov. 30, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A $15,000 scholarship grant to support students of Mexican origin or Mexican descent has been presented to Illinois Wesleyan University by the Consulado General de México en Chicago. Representatives from IWU accepted the award during a signing ceremony Thursday at the Chicago consulate.
“Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to supporting students from diverse backgrounds and is proud to be a recipient of scholarship funding from the Mexican government's Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior program,” Illinois Wesleyan President Eric Jensen said. “This funding not only allows for students of Mexican origin or Mexican descent to pursue their academic dreams, but it also serves as a measure of our commitment as a University to diversity and inclusion.”
Illinois Wesleyan is one of just three institutions of higher education to receive funding from the Chicago consulate, and IWU is the only school outside of Chicagoland to garner the award. Four adult education programs in the Chicago area also received funds from the consulate.
The Mexican Government’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) sponsors the granting program that will support three Illinois Wesleyan students during the 2017-18 academic year. Illinois Wesleyan Director of Financial Aid Scott Seibring ’85 will administer the scholarships with support from admissions counselor Melissa Ramirez ’14.
By John Twork