Winners of this year’s Beatrice and Sigfried Lowenthal Scholarships for First and Second Generation Immigrants and their families gathered at the pavilion on the Gettysburg College campus on Thursday evening to celebrate the awarding of $55,500 in scholarship money to 28 students.
The event, hosted by the college’s Casa de Cultura, included an award ceremony followed by a communal meal.
The winning students included those just starting their college experience as freshmen as well as those finishing their degrees. Three of the winners will be attending Gettysburg College.
Assistant Director for the Center for Public Service Brenda Reyes-Lúa congratulated the students and said it was important for parents and students to take the time to speak to each other about questions related to higher education.
Ana Lopez-Martinez from Casa’s migrant education program spoke about their services and Casa de Cultura’s college preparatory courses.
Lúa also shared information about a new grant Casa de Cultura had received to work with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) to provide free naturalization screenings for eligible community members and the importance of becoming a US citizen and being able to vote in local, state and federal elections.
The scholarship is funded by the Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Foundation, the Mexican Instituto de los mexicanos en el exterior (IME), and the Mexican Consulate and administered by Casa de la Cultura.
Applications for next year’s scholarships will be available next May on the Casa de Cultura website.
The scholarship winners and their schools are: