“I’m really honored that I was chosen from so many other qualified Hispanic students across the state,” said Jones, a graduate student in the Professional and Technical Writing program from Cabot. “I’m honored to be a representative of my heritage in the state of Arkansas.”
Jones is one of 30 Latino college students who have received scholarships from the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas. HWOA’s goal is to increase the college enrollment and graduation rate of Hispanic students.
“We are pleased to celebrate this milestone promoting and supporting higher education of Latinos in Arkansas,” said Margarita Solórzano, HWOA executive director. “Seeing the number of applicants increase every year speaks volumes of the interest among the Latinos families to seek a better life through education.”
The students were selected from dozens of applicants for their scholastic achievements, leadership, and community service. The students will be honored during a scholarship presentation from 6-7 p.m. May 7 during the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Springdale, Arkansas. Funds for the scholarship are raised from proceeds from the Cinco de Mayo festival, donations, and the generous support of sponsors and community volunteers.
Prior to the ceremony, Jones and Dr. Edma Delgado, assistant professor of Spanish, will set up a recruitment table from 12-5 p.m. during the festival to tell others about UA Little Rock.
“I’m looking forward to the Cinco de Mayo celebration and ceremony, and I’m really honored to be a part of it,” Jones said. “I don’t have a big Hispanic community where I’m from so I am definitely interested in being able to connect with Hispanics across the state and form a tighter community.”
Jones will graduate from UA Little Rock in December 2022. She currently serves as a graduate assistant in the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education Dean’s Office, a CHASSE senator for the Student Government Association, chair of the Racial Barriers Committee, president of the UA Little Rock chapter of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and vice president of the Graduate Student Association at UA Little Rock.