MANA de Metro Detroit established its Scholarship Program in 1996 and has been providing scholarships for Latina women annually. As of 2021, MANA has awarded one hundred twenty-four scholarships. Scholarship awards can cover costs not covered by other grants or scholarships, such as, books and other school related 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 four (4) 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.
Ellen Ochoa STEM Scholarship
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.