Pulaski Technical College and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
on Friday announced a scholarship program that will benefit Latino students who
want to attend college.
Pulaski Tech President Margaret Ellibee signed a memorandum of understanding with Terry Trevino Richard, director of LULAC Arkansas, and Michel Leidermann, president of LULAC Council 750 Little Rock, to award two students with scholarships each in the amount of $1,500 per semester, in the fall and spring semesters. Those students can reapply for the scholarship each year.
The first scholarship recipients are Yazmin Santillan, a recent Hall High School graduate, and Randy Olivas, a graduate of Central High School. Both students live in Little Rock. Santillan plans to pursue a teaching or nursing career, and Olivas plans to pursue a technical certificate in automotive technology.
"We hope that through this partnership we can reach more Latino students within our community who may lack financial means to pay for college but have the desire and the commitment to earning a college degree," Dr. Ellibee said.
Scholarship recipients must have graduated from an Arkansas high school with a grade-point average of at least 2.5 and have scored satisfactorily on the ACT/SAT or Compass exams. They must be Latino or be involved in Latino community affairs, and be U.S. citizens and Arkansas residents.
LULAC will oversee the scholarship application and selection process. Applications will be submitted until March 31 each year, and scholarship recipients will be selected by May 1.
"LULAC is delighted to celebrate this memorandum of understanding with Pulaski Technical College as a prime example of an initiative that focuses on targeting the growing number of Latino students in our Central Arkansas area and their increased demand for educational opportunities," said Dr. Richard Trevino. "This is an example of how PTC continues to develop innovative ideas and programs to create an educational environment that fosters a supportive atmosphere for Latino students who are often adjusting to challenging cultural conditions."
Four additional Pulaski Tech students are receiving national scholarships provided by the local LULAC council 750, Trevino-Richard said. They are Erick Aguilar, Alejandro Arroyo, Angel Perez and Betsabe Reyes, all of Little Rock.
"As state director, I want to express my deepest gratitude to President Ellibee and her unwavering commitment to the Latino community and the enthusiastic response provided in structuring and finalizing this partnership. We salute the president not only for her outreach to Latino students but her interest and advocacy to the educational needs of our entire Central Arkansas area."