Since taking the helm of the organization in 1997, Sara
Martinez Tucker, President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship
Fund, has helped the HSF to grow quickly, from awarding $3.5 million
in scholarships in 1998 to more than $26 million per year, awarding
a total of 61,000 scholarships. Ms. Martinez Tucker has a goal for
the organization, to double the rate of Hispanics earning college
degrees to 18% by 2010. During her tenure at HSF, she has expanded
its focus beyond college retention by adding community college transfer,
graduating high school senior, and community outreach programs.
Prior to joining HSF, she worked for AT&T for 16 years.
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Dr. Juliet Villarreal Garcia became President
of the University of Texas at Brownsville. President in 1992 after
serving 6 years as President of Texas Southmost College, where she
was recognized as the first Mexican-American woman to become President
of a university. During her tenure as President, Dr. Garcia has
increased student enrollment to more than 10,000 students in the
university and 5,000 in the workforce training and continuing education
programs. The campus has grown from 49 acres to 382 acres. She also
led the development of the unique partnership between the University
of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, designed to
increase efficiency and eliminate transfer barriers for students.
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