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Revisit our first year and the positive impact we have provided to our community. In 2016, we celebrated with 140 students as they were named the first class of MexAustin recipients. Please view the video to learn more about the first year of the scholarship and read some of the recipient's stories below.
“The generosity of the MexAustin Scholarship will enable great change in this ever-changing world and encourage high school graduates, like me, to pursue a college education, especially in the Latino community. This scholarship paves the road to a bright future, and has the ability to change lives as well as making the weight of a college tuition a lighter load to balance. In becoming a recipient of this scholarship I am hoping to become a role model that other students can follow and show my community that with the help of others anything is possible.
Thank you will not suffice in the amount of gratitude that I have. The support and awareness that this scholarship brings not only strengthens the Latino community but it shines a light on the perseverance that high school graduates can achieve, and encourages future generation for deeper change.
This scholarship does more than push the Latino youth towards the pursuit of higher education, it empowers them and helps them set examples for future generations to follow. Thank you for your time and for giving me the opportunity to succeed in the future. ” - A.O., 2017 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 work force.
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." - I.M., 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.” - M.M., 2016 MexAustin Recipient
“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.” - Y.A.B., 2016 MexAustin Recipient