Student Affairs Teams up with El Mezquite for Golf Tournament to Benefit Students

August 12, 2014 - Dorene DiNaro

Sergio with Golf clubFor the 6th consecutive year, the UNM Division of Student Affairs has teamed up with businessman and owner of El Mezquite Markets, Sergio Bermudez, to host an annual Mezquite Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Isleta Eagle Golf Tournament to raise funds for scholarships 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,” says Dr. 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 extent in which the scholarship has benefited me is by aiding me with college expenses and various types of support that I need in order to be successful in college,” says 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 be attending 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, please contact the College Enrichment and Outreach Program at 505-277-5321.