U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today three New Mexico higher learning institutions have been awarded federal grants.
Funding for the grants below are being awarded though the U.S. Department of Education's Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant Program and will help the schools expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.
Luna Community College: $649,988
Eastern New Mexico University: $648,582
"Expanding educational opportunities to more of New Mexico's Hispanic students helps create the workforce we'll need to strengthen our economy, and is an important long-term investment in our state," Bingaman said.
Bingaman has been a longtime leader in Congress for HSI's, having been one of the first to call for their recognition in the 1980s. HSI's are defined as institutions with more than 25% of enrolled students identifying as Hispanics and a high number of low-income students; New Mexico is home to 23 HSIs.
Additionally, the University of New Mexico -- Taos has been awarded a $421,315 grant through a separate Department of Education's grant program, which assists students who are engaged, or whose parents are engaged in migrant and other seasonal farm work enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies at a higher learning institution.