our First ​year: 2016 Award Ceremony

​​Revisit the scholarship's first year and its positive impact.  ​In 2016, MexAustin celebrated with 140 students in its inaugural class. View the video to learn more about MexAustin's first year and read some of the recipient's stories below. ​​


​"Society tends to view the Latino community as lazy people and "different" from others. I plan to change that idea of Latinos by excelling in my studies and working hard for the career that I want. I have many options as to what I want to be in the future. I hope to inspire others, especially girls, to always follow their dream and to never be discouraged by what society labels you as or by the circumstances that you're in." - 2020 MexAustin Recipient



"As a first-generation student, it is a challenge to step out into the college world, however, I will use all my resources and the support of your organization to help me overcome any obstacles that I confront in my career path. This scholarship will help me pay for my tuition and books. My goal is to become a public interest lawyer and advocate against the injustices that my community faces."

-2020 MexAustin Recipient




​​"I am incredibly grateful to receive this scholarship. The amount has truly made a difference. I sincerely appreciate the support I have received in continuing my education. I aspire to work in the federal government and I wish to make an impact on the lives of others as this scholarship reward has made an impact on my life." - 2019 MexAustin Recipient




"Without this scholarship award, I would have probably not taken the next step of my educational pathway. I was born in the rural side of Guanajuato, Mexico; I was born around visions of survival, visions that ignored education. To me it is so important to attend a four-year University. I am proud to say that I am a first-generation college attendee. It is more important to me to no only represent the Hispanic/Latino community in a predominantly white University, but represent the Hispanic/Latino community in a country that sometimes views us as incompetent and nothing more than a grain of sand in the workforce.
Receiving this award has not only enabled to me to open a door to a brighter future, but it has also motivated me to continue achieving higher. This, along with other opportunities, has ignited a desire in me to give back to the community. I believe that I have been given opportunities that only some people dream of, therefore a life goal of mine is to aid my community by helping them open doors to great opportunities.  Thank you so much for your generosity, and I hope that MexAustin continues to bless the Hispanic scholar community." 
-  2017 MexAustin Recipient




“I want to express my gratitude for picking me as one of the many scholarship recipients.  Thank you for believing in me and my education. Being an undocumented student I have heard the word “No” and “You can't do this” several times throughout my life.  I can admit that I’ve let it get to me at some points, but over time I have learned that I can really do anything I set my mind to.  By receiving this scholarship I feel great joy for not only representing my hard work, but also representing the big population of undocumented students.  Education was and always will be a very important topic in my family, because my parents gave up everything for my siblings and I to have a better life.  Thank you again for this opportunity.”​ - 2016 MexAustin Recipient


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“Being given the opportunity to be able to go to college and to pursue two degrees means the world to me because my mother has worked so hard over the years, breaking her back to give me a chance at something bigger.  I can’t afford a college education by myself, out of my own pocket, and have had to work twice as hard as my documented peers in order to put the money together to have the chance at being somebody. My mom and I crossed the border in order to have a better life, and in four years, I will cross the stage to give my mom the life she deserves – a life without financial worries or stress. This is just the beginning and I have come one step closer to reaching my dream because of you and what you saw in me. Words cannot express how thankful I am but there is one thing I can promise you: I will not disappoint. Thank you so much for the opportunity.”​​  - 2016 MexAustin Recipient 

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in their own words

mexaustin recipients