UTEP Receives Scholarship Funding from Consul General of Mexico

By Nadia Macias

UTEP News Service

For the third year in a row, Jorge Baños Gomar is grateful for the partnership between The University of Texas at El Paso and the Consul General of Mexico.

On Wednesday, July 18, UTEP President Diana Natalicio accepted a check for $17,500 from Jacob Prado Gonzalez, the Consul General of Mexico in El Paso, during a ceremony at the Mexican Consulate as part of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) Becas Scholarship Program. The funds will provide scholarship opportunities for Mexican students attending the University.

Baños Gomar, who is originally from Mexico City, has received the scholarship since 2010, when the program first began.

“Being an international student is hard. We don’t have a lot of access to the same opportunities regarding scholarships,” Baños Gomar said. “But knowing that the Mexican government is there to help us achieve our dreams is an honor.”

The scholarship gift to UTEP is intended to provide and improve access to academic opportunities for Mexican students who want to attend adult education programs and universities in the United States. Recipients use the funds to develop skills in high-demand fields that will enhance their job opportunities in this country.

A double major in Accounting and Computer Information Systems, Baños Gomar is the president of three organizations: Beta Alpha Psi, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and the Golden Key International Honours Society. After graduation next year, he will intern at Deloitte, the second largest professional service network in the world.

Baños Gomar plans to eventually return to UTEP to earn a master’s degree and sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam.

The four other students selected to receive the 2012-13 scholarships are: Jose F. Gutierrez De La Rocha, a junior business major; Abril Lechuga-Avalos, a senior organization and corporate communications major; Luis A. Melendez Rodriguez, a freshman international business major; and Enrique Quintana, a senior accounting major.

The IME-Becas (Spanish for scholarship) program was established in 2005 through a bilateral agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through IME and the University of California-Berkeley. To date, the program has provided UTEP $55,000 in scholarship funds.

As for Mexican students who are currently considering UTEP, Baños Gomar says: “Go for it. It’s an incredible experience and there’s help everywhere. There really are opportunities to achieve your dreams here.”