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The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute's Becas program offers scholarships that range from $4800 to $6330 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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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

Application Materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Most recent transcript (High School students can provide us with their OSIS#, CUNY students can click here for instructions on how to download their unofficial transcript)
  • Two essays: a personal statement and a financial statement (one page max each)
    • personal statement with attention to your community service within the Mexican community
    • financial statement 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 campus in two equal installments over the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 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

Additional Information:

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

Scholarship Application Workshops:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

11:30 AM to 12:30PM

Catholic Charities Community Services Center

120 Anderson Avenue, Staten Island NY 10302

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/ecd4d49a30ce5c8e389265bb0/files/BECAS_Flyer_Jan_20.pdf

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Consulate General of Mexico in New York

( 27 East 39th Street, NY, NY 10016)

Workshop will be offered in English and Spanish.

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Make the Road New York

( 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights NY 11372)

http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute/documents/ENGParishCenterFlyer.pdf

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

( 2380 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458)

documents/LaGuardia_001.pdf

Monday, February 8, 2016

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

La Guardia Community College, CUNY

31-10 Thomson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101

B building, Room 229

documents/CUNYBECASFlyerEnglishNEW.pdf

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

New Rochelle High School

265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801

In the Library

Volante en español

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/ecd4d49a30ce5c8e389265bb0/files/Crea_Eng_02.pdf

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Church of the Living Hope

( 161 East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029)

Volante en español

documents/QueensCollegeFlyer_000.pdf

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12:15 PM

Queens College, CUNY

( 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367)

Honors Hall, Room 17

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/ecd4d49a30ce5c8e389265bb0/files/HANDS.pdf

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6:00 PM

H.A.N.D.S Community Center at St. Jerome Church

( 230 Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454

)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

12:15 PM to 2:00 PM

Brooklyn College, CUNY

2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Event is being hosted by the Mexican Heritage Student Association

documents/Baruch_000.pdf

Thursday, February 11, 2016

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Baruch College, CUNY

Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-110

One Bernard Baruch Way

55 Lexington Ave at 24th Street, NY NY 10010

Event is co-sponsored by MexiCulture

documents/NutritionalClub_000.pdf

Friday February 12, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Nutritional Club

301 West 128th Street NY, NY 10027

http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute/documents/PAIHS.pdf

Saturday, February 13, 2016

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Pan American International High School

( 45-10 94th Street, Elmhurst, NY 113731)

http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute/documents/OurLadyofGuadalupe.pdf            

Sunday, February 14th

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

( 328 West 14th Street New York, NY 100111)

documents/Atlas-dIY_000.pdf

Monday, February 15, 2016

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Atlas : DIY

462 36th Street, #PH-B, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Drop-in Assistance at the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute Located at Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room 241 ( 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Bronx, NY). Bring your application materials and receive advice from current and past scholarship winners.

Drop-in Assistance Schedule:

To schedule your Drop-in Assistance appointment, click here.

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop or drop by the Institute during office hours with application materials to receive guidance. All workshops and open hours will be attended by prior winners of the CUNY Becas Scholarship who will assist applicants in preparing strong application packages.

General Information

Becas is a program that offers scholarships that range from $4800 to $6330 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.

Funding for the program has come from the Mexican government’s Instituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (Inst. of Mexicans Abroad, or IME) and private donors. In 2012, we were awarded $72,000 from IME, and obtained $2567 in private donations and $6000 in matching funds. For 2013, we were awarded $60,000 from IME and received $18,520 in private donations, especially Mr. Jaime Lucero who donated three full scholarships, as well as $10,000 in matching funds. For 2014, we received $30,000 from IME and $30,000 from Mr. Lucero, and an additional $43,200 in private donations, many thanks to a partnership with APEM. 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).

Scholarship recipients join the Becari@s Network of current and past Becas recipients. They participate in a monthly professionalization seminar 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 scheduling constraints. The Institute works closely with “Becari@s,” scholarship winners, and internship sites to ensure a positive experience on both sides.

The scholarship primarily aids students with little or no access to other funding sources. Because of the emphasis on financial need and the fact that the program 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.

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!

2015 Program: Becas Recipients 2015-16

2014 Program: Becas Recipients 2014-15

2013 Program: Becas Recipients 2013-14

2012 Program: Becas Recipients 2012-13

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