In collaboration with the area’s public & private school systems, this committee provides support for initiatives that promote a quality education for our youth, links local business with educational programs, and enhances learning experiences for students inside and outside the classroom. This committee sponsors the Middle School Recognition Program, Bi-Lingual Teacher of the Year Award, and the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Scholarships.
The Rayo Perez Education Scholarships are awarded to outstanding high school graduates within Doña Ana County, enabling them to continue their education while encouraging academic excellence. Students who seek a college degree at either DACC or NMSU may apply.
Scholarship recipients are selected on a number of criteria:
- Academic record
- Potential to succeed
- Participation in community activities
- Work experience
Download application here: LCHCC Scholarship Application 2016
2015 Scholarship Recipients
- Daniel Arellano from Mesilla Valley Christian Schools
- Cecilia Corona from Gadsden High School, Gadsden Independent School District
2014 Scholarship Recipients
- David Noel from Santa Teresa High School, Gadsden Independent School District
- Taralyn Trujillo from Hatch High School, Hatch Valley Public Schools
- Myranda Armijo-Perry from the Early College High School, Las Cruces Public Schools
- Isabella Chairez from Las Cruces High School, Las Cruces Public Schools
- Courtney Gavin from Onate High School, Las Cruces Public Schools
- Tyler Herrera from Santa Teresa High School, Gadsden Independent School District
The number of scholarships for any given year is dependent on the amount of funds raised. Currently, this scholarship fund receives its donations from the Annual Golf Tournament silent auction and from community donations. To donate a silent auction item or make a monetary donation, contact the Chamber office: 575-524-8900.
Other Education Initiatives
Project Back to School began in 2011. The initiative focuses on providing children with items such as backpacks and school supplies, but also accepts donations of socks, underwear, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair brushes and combs, and other basic necessities. The Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, MECA Therapies, FirstLight Federal Credit Union, and other community partners come together annually to support youth throughout Doña Ana County. For additional information, visit www.projectbacktoschool.com.