For the sixth consecutive year, the University of New Mexico Division of Student Affairs has teamed up with businessman and owner of El Mezquite Markets, Sergio Bermudez, to host the Mezquite Golf Tournament, Friday, Aug. 22 at the Isleta Eagle Golf Tournament. The event raises scholarship funds for UNM students. Just like last year, additional funds for the scholarship have come from the Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque’s office.

“We are grateful each year for Sergio’s generosity—he brings together a number of donors to contribute to a worthy cause,” said Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, vice president for Student Affairs. “I would also like to thank Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de León for matching the total amount of scholarship funds generated by the golf tournament.”

Teams of four signed up to participate via sponsorships of $750 - $5,000 per team. To date, the tournament has raised over $300,000 and helped over 100 recipients take another step toward their higher education goals.

“The scholarship aided me with college expenses and various types of support that I needed in order to be successful in college,” said Crystal Saenz, UNM student and one of the scholarship recipients. “I am extremely grateful for attaining this scholarship because without it, I would not have the great opportunity to attend the University of New Mexico.”  

Scholarship applications will be available in September of this year and awarded in November. The plan is to award 50 scholarships of $2,000 each with each recipient receiving $1,000 in the fall and $1,000 in the spring.

For questions or more information about the scholarships, visit the College Enrichment and Outreach Program or call (505) 277-5321.