Carmen Muñoz Crites 1936 – 2020

Carmen Muñoz Crites was born and raised in Southwest Detroit, the fifteenth of sixteen children to Simon and Maria Muñoz. A strong and tenacious woman, Carmen decided early in life that her fate and the opportunity for success and failure would rest in her hands. That determination led Carmen to an entrepreneurial path that included building her company, Muñoz Machine Products, into a leading automotive supplier that was recognized throughout the industry for quality and service.

Although she became an accomplished businesswoman, Carmen believed true success as achieved by improving the lives of others and giving back to the community where she was raised. She was an advocate for the Hispanic community and served as Chairperson for the State of Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs and sat on many boards including Latin Americans for Social & Economic Development (LA SED), the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Minority Business Development Council. In 1992, she received a Presidential Appointment as Commissioner of the White House Conference on Small Business.

While she felt privileged to serve with these organizations (and many others), she also felt that it was important to support and encourage those who were least privileged in her community. She provided pathways for gang members who wanted an alternative to the violence of gang life to find to pursue their education, find jobs and become contributing citizens to the community.

The Carmen Muñoz Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program was created to honor Carmen’s life and encourage Latina Women to continue her legacy of entrepreneurism and community engagement.



Each Application MUST be filled out completely. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applicant must be in the field of business or entrepreneurship to apply for this scholarship/

The following documents must be attached to your application:

  • Current academic transcripts and/or GED scores
  • Letter of acceptance from school or proof of registration
  • Letters of recommendation from three educators or community representatives
  • One to two page bio talking about your past experiences and future plans as it relates to your educational goals and community involvement;
  • A copy of the Free Application of Federal Financial Student Aid for 2021-2022
  • A copy of last federal tax return or proof of total household income for 2020


  • Hispanic/Latina Women seeking a degree in business or entrepreneurship.
  • Detroit/Metro Detroit Resident
  • Currently fulfilling high school graduation requirements or GED equivalent; or any student who has formally been admitted to, or is currently attending, a university, community college, vocational school or leadership development program;
  • Eligible applicants may also include MANA de Metro Detroit members, relative of members, and participants in the “Hermanitas” Programs


  • Scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded for costs relating to educational expenses only (i.e. tuition, books, supplies, etc.)
  • Scholarship checks will be made payable to the recipient and university, vocational school or leadership program
  • Scholarships awards must be used during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Prior recipients may reapply annually
  • Awards will depend on the availability of funds and demonstrated student financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement


Applicants must be willing to provide ten (10) hours of volunteering for a Non profit organization in a two year period.


All information must be received by the MANA Scholarship Committee on or before May 2, 2021.

If additional information is needed, please contact Ines de Jesus via e-mail at:


All awardees will be notified via email. Awardees must attend the Virtual Award Presentation on June 17, 2021 to receive their scholarships.

*NOTE: Members or relatives of members of the Scholarship Review Committee are not eligible for a MANA de Metro Detroit Scholarship.


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