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American GI Forum establishes Hispanic scholarship at NMSU

Students at New Mexico State University's College of Agriculture and Home Economics will get help to pay for college thanks to a scholarship created by the American GI Forum (AGIF) - Albuquerque Women.

The $10,000 gift to the New Mexico State University Foundation will set up the AGIF Hispanic Education Foundation Endowed Scholarship. This is the first time AGIF has awarded funds to NMSU to set up such a scholarship.

"The Albuquerque women members of the AGIF are delighted to initiate this scholarship fund at NMSU," said Isabelle Ogaz Tellez, founder of the Hispanic Education Foundation. "My family has strong agricultural roots, so I hope this scholarship will encourage students to pursue their interests in agriculture and home economics."

The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior student in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics with preference given to students of Hispanic descent. The scholarship will be awarded each semester to a student who is selected by the college's scholarship committee.

"This scholarship not only celebrates NMSU's diverse student population, but it will
help students focus more on school and less on paying for it," said Barbara Wise, major gifts officer at NMSU Foundation.

The American GI Forum, founded by Hector P. Garcia, Corpus Christi, Texas 1948, was created as a direct response to the discrimination that Hispanic veterans confronted after their return from World War II. The AGIF was grounded on a belief in education. One of AGIF's founding principles was "Education is our freedom, and freedom is everybody's business."