Tequio Scholarship Program Launches its Sixth Year!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oxnard, California: April 12th, 2019

Contact: Arcenio J. López
Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Telephone: (805) 822-2418 cell
Email: arcenio.lopez@mixteco.org
Website: www.mixteco.org

Tequio Scholarship Program Launches its Sixth Year!

            The Tequio Scholarship Committee of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) will hold a press conference on April 23rd, 2019 to publicly announce the release of their college scholarship application, supporting indigenous immigrant youth.  The press conference will be at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of the Mixteco Project: 520 West 5th St, Suite K, Oxnard, CA.  Immigrant youth and Scholarship Committee members will speak about the need for this support and the success of the third year of the scholarship.  In 2018, we will award at least 24 youth with financial support for college.

Scholarship funds raised by community donors will be supplemented by funding from Edison International to support indigenous students pursuing careers in the “STEM” fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and funding from the Ventura County Credit Union.

There are approximately 20,000 indigenous Mexicans in Ventura County, mostly Mixtecs from the states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero.  High school age indigenous youth face tremendous barriers to academic success.  Most of their parents are employed in the berry row crop industry, earning an average household income of $15,000 to $20,000 per year.   Many families migrate for many months during the academic year.  Parents often do not speak Spanish or English and have limited literacy skills, meaning that they are often disconnected from their children’s education.  Further, farmworker youth often encounter pressure to drop out of school to earn money to support their families.

The Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) began the Tequio Scholarship Fund in 2012 to inspire and encourage academic success in the indigenous community. The fund will provide individual grants to college students from Ventura County who are of indigenous Mexican roots from the states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero.  Grants are distributed annually to applicants selected by the Tequio Scholarship Committee.

The fund seeks highly motivated applicants attending or planning to attend college or university in fall, 2019. Applicants are not required to be FAFSA eligible.  Preference is given to students who have participated in MICOP’s Tequio Youth Group.

To apply, students may download the application from the MICOP website, http://mixteco.org/tequio/tequio-scholarship-fund/.  The application is due by 5 pm, May 24th, 2019.  Recipients will be notified in the first week of July and will receive their award during MICOP’s annual Night in Oaxaca celebration, August 16th 2019. 

We welcome donations to make future scholarship assistance possible.  To donate to the fund, please send checks to “MICOP” with “Tequio Scholarship Fund” in the memo, to P.O. Box 20543, Oxnard, CA 93034, or make a contribution by donation at http://mixteco.org/donate/ and choose Tequio Scholarship under Programs and Campaigns.
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