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The application for CUNY Becas 2017 is now open!

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The CUNY Becas program of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute a offers scholarships to CUNY undergraduate and graduate students who meet three criteria: academic achievement, financial need, and commitment to service in the Mexican community. Currently, the scholarship can only be used for tuition and it covers up to $6330 for one year of undergraduate studies (the equivalent of full tuition at a 4 year college), or one semester for graduate studies. Past recipients may reapply for additional funding. The scholarship primarily aids students with little or no access to other funding sources. Because its emphasis is on financial need and because it does not discriminate based on immigration status, this program has been particularly successful in aiding undocumented students. Scholarship recipients join the Becari@s Network of current and past CUNY Becas recipients. Becari@s are given a series of professional and leadership development opportunities, including monthly professionalization seminars. They are also expected to complete internships for a total of 200 hours in an affiliated nonprofit institution. Students are matched to an internship that suits their interests, professional goals and schedules. Students are expected to enroll as full time students during their funded year. Awardees may request a waiver of the full-time status requirement which may be granted in extreme cases.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to service in the Mexican community.

Application Materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Most recent transcript, can be an unofficial student copy
  • Two short essays of one-page max each
    • a personal statement with attention to your community service within the Mexican community
    • a financial statement that explains why you would benefit from being awarded CUNY Becas. If applicable, discuss any unusual personal or family circumstances.
  • A letter of recommendation and recommendation form (submitted by your recommender to this link)

Scholarship Conditions:

For undergraduate students, the scholarship will be disbursed to the recipient’s CUNY college in two equal installments over the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. For graduate students, the scholarship will be disbursed to the recipient’s CUNY campus in one full installment. Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship awards:

  • Full-time enrollment at a CUNY school*
  • Participation in monthly seminars
  • Completion of a 200 hour internship in an affiliated nonprofit institution
  • Submission of semester academic progress report
  • Continuous involvement with the Institute and Becari@s network in events and activities

*Because we recognize that in some extreme circumstances it is impossible for a student to attend school full time, we now make it possible for students to apply for a waiver of the full time enrollment requirement. This will be granted after a student has been selected for the scholarship. There is no guarantee of a waiver, and decisions will be made on a case by case consideration of a students' circumstances. Except for those granted a waiver, all Becas recipients must maintain full time enrollment status to receive the scholarship.

Additional Information:

Questions can be directed to mexican.studies@lehman.cuny.edu or at 347-577-4080.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2017, 11:59 P.M

 


General Information

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute's Becas program offers scholarships to CUNY undergraduate and graduate students who meet three criteria: academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to service in the Mexican community. Currently, the scholarship can only be used for tuition.

The scholarship primarily aids students with little or no access to other funding sources. Because its emphasis is on financial need and because it does not discriminate based on immigration status, this program has been particularly successful in aiding undocumented students. Several of the students have told us they would have been unable to enroll in school without the scholarship. Others have said they had never been able to complete an internship due to work obligations necessary for paying tuition. We believe this program has a tremendous impact in achieving its goals and enabling future leaders to develop the skills and networks they need while lifting some of the tremendous burden of affording school with little or no access to financial aid.

Scholarship recipients join the Becari@s Network of current and past Becas recipients. They participate in monthly professionalization seminars and are expected to complete internships for a total of 200 hours in an affiliated nonprofit institution. Students are matched to an internship that suits their interests, professional goals and schedules. The Institute works closely with "Becari@s," scholarship winners, and internship sites to ensure a positive experience on both sides.

Funding for the program has come from the Mexican government’s Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (Inst. of Mexicans Abroad, or IME), Juntos Podemos Foundation, APEM, and private donors, especially Mr. Jaime Lucero. To sustain the current number of scholarships, we need additional funds. Donate today. 100% of donations to the scholarship fund are dedicated to scholarships (no overhead fees).

 

 

FAQs

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to be currently enrolled in CUNY to apply?

No. As a matter of fact, many of our applicants are high school seniors, GED students or students who are not currently enrolled in college. You MUST enroll in CUNY to receive the scholarship, but not to apply.

Do I have to be Mexican?

No, but you must demonstrate a record of service in the Mexican immigrant community as well as commitment to future service with the Mexican community..

Does my immigration status matter?

No, many of our scholarship winners are undocumented. We do not ask about your immigration status and we do not discriminate.

Does it matter which CUNY I attend?

No, scholarship winners may enroll in any CUNY campus and receive this funding.

Does the scholarship cover all of my educational expenses?

No, while the scholarship funding will cover most or all of your tuition for one year if you are an undergraduate (depending on whether you enroll in a community college or senior college) or one semester if you are a graduate student, it will not cover fees, transportation expenses, books, or other expenses.

What if I work and cannot commit to an internship program?

Maybe this is not the scholarship for you. Becas seeks to foster the development of future leaders. We will give you a lot of support and a lot of opportunities for growth and professional development along with an internship placement. These elements require time and commitment and the scholarship is intended to enable you to worry less about tuition and have more time/energy for school and your growth as a leader. We require students to commit to these opportunities.

Have more questions? Drop us an email mexican.studies@lehman.cuny.edu

Learn More:

CUNY TV Profile of two Becari@s

ABC News Report, November 25, 2013 Section 1 and 2

Video Testimonies of Becari@s


Meet our Becari@s!

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates!
This year, we celebrated the graduation of fourteen Becari@s. We are so proud of them!

2016 Graduates:

  • Luz Aguirre, LaGuardia Community College
  • Antonio Alacron, LaGuardia Community College
  • Jesus A. Benitez, LaGuardia Community College
  • Lorena Carino, Queens College
  • Irma Cruz, College of Staten Island
  • Zuleima Dominguez, BMCC
  • David Garcia, Baruch College
  • Brenda Hernandez, LaGuardia>Community College
  • Mary Linn Hernandez, BMCC
  • Juan Carlos Mejia, College of Staten Island
  • Angy Paola Rivera, John Jay
  • Amalia Rojas, Lehman College
  • Vanessa Tlachi, City College
  • Maria Xique, Baruch College

We paid tribute to them and presented them with sarape sashes embroidered with the Institute logo at our May 20 Sobremesa event.

Several of them are also part of our incoming 2016 CUNY Becas Cohort because they are continuing their education.

¡Enhorabuena!

Read more here.

 

2016 Program: Becas Recipients 2016-17

2015 Program: Becas Recipients 2015-16

2014 Program: Becas Recipients 2014-15

2013 Program: Becas Recipients 2013-14

2012 Program: Becas Recipients 2012-13