MANA de Metro Detroit established its Scholarship Program in 1996 and has been providing scholarships for Latina women annually. Since 1996, MANA has awarded one hundred thirty-eight (138) scholarships. Scholarship awards cover expenses not covered by other grants or scholarships, such as, books, other school supplies, parking, gas, and other transportation related costs.
Eligibility requirements for scholarship include the following: must be Hispanic/Latina, resident of Detroit or Metro Detroit, and be accepted or currently enrolled in a higher education institution, vocational/career training, or leadership program. Additional requirements are listed on the application form.
Although MANA started with only one scholarship category, the program has expanded to five (5) scholarship categories:
MANA de Metro Detroit – General Scholarship
This is MANA’s first scholarship and it was designed to assist students of any major with financial assistance to supplement their school budget. In subsequent years, MANA expanded the scholarship program to include specific scholastic majors.
Carmen Muñoz Entrepreneurship Scholarship
The Carmen Muñoz Entrepreneurship Scholarship was created to honor Carmen’s life and encourage Latina Women to continue her legacy of entrepreneurism and community engagement.
Monica L. Martinez Leadership Scholarship
Monica L. Martinez served as a compassionate advocate and voice for the underserved families, neighborhoods, entrepreneurs, business owners and communities throughout her career. She was also instrumental in providing funding for the MANA scholarships and for the Hermanitas program. This scholarship was established to honor her legacy.
Dr. Ellen Ochoa STEM Scholarship
Dr. Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hours. Her 30-year career at NASA culminated in serving as the 11th Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, from 2013 until her retirement in May 2018. Due to Dr. Ochoa’s pioneering spirit in the sciences, MANA is proud to name the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship in her honor.
Gloria Rosas Teacher Education Scholarship
Since immigrating to the United States, education was the engine that propelled Gloria Rosas’ life of service in Southwest Detroit. Gloria always placed great value in education and the role of parents in the education of their children. Gloria has been advocating on behalf of parents for decades and continues to passionately advocate for bilingual education. For these reasons, MANA is honored to establish the Gloria Rosas Teacher Education Scholarship.