NHCC Accepting Applications For Herrera Internship Benefiting Hispanic, Female Students

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is accepting applications for the Herrera Internship that provides scholarships to Hispanic, female students who complete an internship with the NHCC. Latina students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for this scholarship by May 15, 2017, and scholarships will be awarded in June. Applications are available on nhccnm.org/learn.

“I’m pleased to work collaboratively with the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation on the development of a fund that will provide internship opportunities for deserving Latinas throughout New Mexico,” said Dr. Denise Herrera, whose generous donation helped establish the fund in 2016. “As a native of Albuquerque’s South Valley, I cannot think of a better partner than the NHCC Foundation to manage this fund. This fund is in honor of my grandparents and parents (also from Albuquerque) – who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

To be eligible, applicants must be have lived in New Mexico for at least one year at the time of application, regardless of immigration status; must self-identify as female and Hispanic, Latina, Chicana, or Mexican-American; and must be a high school senior or undergraduate student in good standing who is enrolled at least half time in an accredited college or university in New Mexico. Preference may be given to first generation college students.

Once an applicant is accepted, she will commit to completing an internship in one of the many areas of the NHCC, such as administration, visual arts, performing arts, history and literary arts or education programs.

Dr. Herrera has dedicated much of her academic and professional career to the advancement of underrepresented groups in higher education. As a participant in several diversity programs herself, Dr. Herrera has mentored students from elementary through the postdoctoral level. This scholarship is intended to honor that tradition of “lifting others while we climb” and paying it forward.

To contribute to the fund, contact NHCC Foundation Director Anna Sanchez, asanchez@nhccfoundation.org or 505-383-4705. To learn more about applying for the internship, contact Nicole Larrañaga, nicoleR.Larranaga@state.nm.us.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 

For more information about this event or other events at the NHCC, call Kinsey Cooper at 505.377.8968 or email kinsey.cooper@state.nm.us.