Mexican-American Women’s League prepares to award scholarships
Giving back to the community through education, culture and leadership is what the League of Mexican American Women has been dedicated to since 1973.
Lilia Gonzales Chavez has been with the nonprofit for more than four decades and claims that providing scholarships for more than 30 decades has helped uplift Latinas looking to continue their education.
“Seeing other Latinas and other young women of Mexican descent also progressing is a wonderful experience,” said Lilia Gonzales Chavez, co-chair of the Mexican-American Women’s League scholarship committee.
Each year, they offer a minimum of $ 10,000 in scholarships, but normally exceed that amount.
Due to the pandemic, they faced many challenges and turned to virtual outreach, hoping that would be enough.
“We miss having to meet, so it was really difficult, but we were able to find ways to keep coming together and keep the league going,” said Graciela Deniz, co-chair of the scholarship committee of the Mexican-American Women’s League.
Deniz says the community hasn’t let them down.
Although their biggest fundraiser, Fiestas Navidenas, took place online, they met their minimum financial goal and even found ways to double the amount raised, through careful planning.
“We still have a backup fund that allows us to continue to do our scholarships,” said Chavez.
“We had so many scholarships this year and felt we had to give more than we raised and it was amazing,” Deniz said.
Approximately $ 21,000 will be awarded to 22 Latinas in July. This will be the first non-profit in-person event in over a year and planning is underway.
“To ensure that not only will they feel that their work over the past four years has felt something, but that they will also continue to be supported,” Deniz said.
Both are delighted to celebrate the many accomplishments and to reunite after a difficult year and a half.
Learn more about the non-profit organization and how you can help by visiting their website.
Their scholarship opportunities are not traditional. Chavez would like to point out that undocumented women can still apply.
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