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IME-BECAS Program recognizes 21 scholars at Metropolitan State

Posted November 10, 2020

IME-BECAS Fall2020, Karen

"I am pushing to achieve my goals and I know that, with your support and support from others, I will get there. And I greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much." - Karen Chavez, IME-BECAS scholarship recipient.

The new IME BECAS Scholars were named at a virtual award event Oct. 20 at Metropolitan State. Head Consul Gerardo Guerrero Gomez of the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul joined to confer the awards.

Latinos are one of the fastest growing segments in the United States, illustrated by the fact that the U.S. is the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world following Mexico. Over the course of the last two decades, the Latino population in Minnesota has experienced unprecedented growth, with a significant portion coming from an influx of new immigrants from Mexico. The Latino student enrollment at Metropolitan State University mirrors this growth.

To help students of Mexican origin/ancestry who often face crucial challenges, Metropolitan State and the Mexican Consulate entered into a formal partnership with the university’s participation in the Institute of Mexicans Abroad Scholarship Program. The program is a collaborative scholarship program which has been instrumental in advancing a shared vision of strengthening a supportive network that paves the way for students to thrive.

For the sixth consecutive year, Metropolitan State University has been selected to participate in the IME-BECAS (Scholarship) Program sponsored by the Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program.

The IME-BECAS Program is another important opportunity to serve Latino students of Mexican origin and ancestry who attend Metropolitan State University. In partnership with the Mexican Consulate, IME-BECAS is a scholarship program instrumental in alleviating some of the financial strains that impede students from accessing and pursuing their postsecondary education. Watch the scholarship recipients talk abut their experiences in this video.

2020-2021 IME BECAS Scholars

  • Chrischelle Bjerke
  • Jose Roberto Labastida
  • Jessica Anna Pena
  • Jasmine Cantoran Gonzalez
  • Sebastian Lakenen
  • Juan Jose Ramirez Cedillo
  • Brenda Compean Morales
  • Evelin Luna Vazquez
  • Juan Carlos Salinas Cortes
  • Karen Chavez
  • Lesley Macario Alatoma
  • Jaimy Sanchez
  • Graciela Duran Salazar
  • Diana Martinez
  • Tania Sanchez Cortes
  • Jose Enciso
  • Leonel Mejia Toribio
  • Nancy Toriz
  • Maria Hernandez Becerra
  • Yareli Montes Ceniceros
  • Ana Magdalena Varela