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Montoya Family Endowed Fund will support tutoring program

Making sure students of all ages have the needed tools to succeed is the goal of a newly established endowment fund at New Mexico State University by Don C. and Della H. Montoya of Deming, N.M.

Don C. and Della H. Montoya of Deming, N.M., recently established, with a $10,000 gift, the Montoya Family Endowed Fund, which will support a tutoring program in the College of Education at New Mexico State University. (New Mexico State photo by Michael

The Montoya Family Endowed Fund, established with a $10,000 gift, will support a tutoring program in the College of Education at New Mexico State.

This award will be used in combination with the America Reads/America Counts program that the college has administered for the last three years, said Stan Lopez, college professor of curriculum and instruction. The federal work-study program matches university tutors with students in the public schools who need assistance with reading and math, Lopez said.

"We wanted to help young people with their studies," said Don Montoya. "We wanted to give back, to help fill the gap and also to make future students aware of the education available at New Mexico State."

The Montoyas said growing up during the Depression helped them value the importance of saving a little money, and now that they've managed to get ahead, they wanted to help young people. The Montoyas were both born in New Mexico and raised two children. After obtaining a degree using the G.I. Bill, Don was a school administrator and then held several public service positions.

University students from all disciplines serve as tutors for the program that reaches not only Las Cruces, but many surrounding communities, including Deming, Alamogordo, Truth or Consequences and El Paso.

For more information about the endowment or the tutoring program, call (505) 646-2130.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/montoya1.jpg.
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