The Education Unidos Scholarship Program began in 2013 when Melissa Silva, a UA South Student Coordinator, set out to find scholarships for her Douglas students and a bi-international partnership began with the University South Foundation and the Mexican Consulate of Douglas.
In 2005, in order to contribute to the development and personal growth of Mexicans living in the United States, the Mexican Government created The Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME Becas) scholarship program; and in 2013, the University South Foundation, Inc. and the Mexican Consulate of Douglas engaged in the first of many agreements to match funds from the IME Becas program and award scholarships to the Mexican and Mexican American students on their path to higher education at UA Douglas.
The University South Foundation and the Education Unidos Scholarship program has awarded over $117,078 in scholarships to UA South-Douglas students over the past five years. The most exciting part is that 100% of these students have graduated or are still enrolled in an active program. They live locally and are contributing to the community, giving back through their volunteer service.
The scholarship program is an important link to the chain of our cross-national collaboration, but most importantly it is the link to the chain of successful students that the University of Arizona educates and prepares to impact our local families, communities
communities, and economy. In December 2018, the Education Unidos scholarships were awarded to students majoring in Regional Commerce, Government and Public Service, Elementary Education, Early Education and Human Services.
Companies and organizations in Cochise County are investing in the future of these students to help build and sustain our local workforce talent.
This scholarship allowed me to continue my education, obtain an internship in Washington D.C., and not only grow as a person, but also grow as a professional.
First Education Unidos Scholarship recipient. Graduated December 2018 with a master’s degree.