Bingaman: N.M. universities receive grants to support Hispanic students

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that four New Mexico Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) will receive federal grants to enhance their ability to serve underserved students and develop a skilled work force. HSIs are schools with a high percentage of Hispanic students.

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The funding was awarded as follows:

• University of New Mexico, $290,000

• New Mexico State University, $290,000

• New Mexico Highlands University, $290,000

• Eastern New Mexico University, $280,000

“A quality education is the key to a secure economic future. This funding will be put to good use supporting the educational efforts of thousands of students in our state,” Bingaman said.