Mexican Embassy, Featherstone Foundation Unveil $20,000 Scholarship Fund
January 3, 2018
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
The William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation and the Consular Section of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. are introducing the Featherstone College Scholarships, an innovative $20,000 fund designated to increase Baltimore’s Latino enrollment and promote higher education. This fall, 10 Latino students will receive $2,000 merit-based awards to attend the University of Baltimore. The application deadline is March 1.
"Our partnership with the Featherstone Foundation will propel the next generation of student leaders and highlight academic excellence," said Consul Rafael Laveaga, head of the Consular Section of the Mexican Embassy.
"This is great news for the city's high-achieving Latino students," said Victoria Reid, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at the University of Baltimore. "UB is grateful to the Featherstone Foundation and the Mexican Embassy for partnering with us to make college a reality for some talented, ambitious young people."
The Featherstone scholarships are open to high school seniors who plan to start their first semester at the University of Baltimore, undergraduate students transferring to UB, and current UB freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Interested students who meet the criteria may apply online by the application deadline.
"Education helps level the playing field in a competitive, global landscape," said Lanaea C. Featherstone, CEO of the Featherstone Foundation and an OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow alumna. "We are creating opportunities for high-performing students to tap much-needed funding, so that attending a four-year college can be attainable."
This year, the fund received additional support from Wells Fargo.
"We are thrilled to partner on this initiative that will make a difference in the lives of young people and their families," said Monica Mitchell, vice president for community relations and corporate responsibility at Wells Fargo. "Through this support for young Latino students, we are helping develop our city’s future leaders and making access to a high-quality education more affordable."
The inaugural Featherstone College Scholarship program awarded scholarships to six deserving individuals. This year, the fund received additional support from Wells Fargo.
Learn more about the admission process at the University of Baltimore.
For a Spanish version of this release, click here.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.
The Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico in the U.S. considers education fundamental not only to eradicate poverty, but also for individual, family and community's development. The Consular Section aims to strengthen the capacities of Mexicans residing abroad through the promotion of diplomatic and consular networks of educational offerings that the Government of Mexico developed.
The William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation creates sustainable solutions to bridge the opportunity divide among the Latino and underserved communities.