LULAC, UCA announce 2022-23 scholarship awardees

2023 LULAC photo

Sanjuana Torres Padron (left), Gabriela Campanur, Jaqueline Mondragon and Ardley Pacheco. Lesly Reyes is not pictured.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the University of Central Arkansas recently announced the recipients of LULAC/UCA 2022-23 scholarships.

The undergraduate scholarship winners are Gabriela Campanur, exercise science major; Ardley Pacheco, computer science major; Lesly Reyes, marketing major; and Sanjuana Torres Padron, public relations major. The graduate awardee is Jaqueline Mondragon who is earning a Doctor of Philosophy in physical therapy. 

“I am truly honored for receiving the LULAC scholarship because the scholarship values the dedication I have put into my academics, leadership positions, and community involvement. Not only that but the scholarship offers support for my future career goal, becoming a physical therapist. This scholarship gives me the opportunity and motivation to continue working,” said Campanur. 

Student scholarship winners were announced at a recent banquet on the UCA campus. Representatives from LULAC and the Mexican Consulate joined the students, their families and UCA leaders.

“Like many other activities, our in-person LULAC banquet was halted during the pandemic. We had online conferences to present the scholarships last year,” said Maria Negrete Padron, associate director of the Office of Diversity and Community. “Being back in person allowed the students to meet Consul Adscrito José Aguilar Salazar. It was such an honor to have these officials on our campus to recognize our students.”

The scholarships are awarded based on merit to Latino-American students who have demonstrated a high potential to succeed in college and have earned good grades while attending an Arkansas high school.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.