EPCC teams up with McDonalds for scholarships

February 22, 2019


EPCC announced its partnership with UTEP and McDonald’s El Paso. 

Those who attended were Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President and Richard Castro of McDonalds El Paso. 


The Foundation for EPCC will match the money received from McDonald’s El Paso creating 11-$4,000 EPCC scholarships for El Paso high school seniors that will be graduating in the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. 


“The scholarships will help students get off to a great start in their college career,” Dr. Dolores Gross, Executive Director of the Foundation for EPCC said. 



(L-R) Richard Castro, Founder of McDonalds El Paso Scholarships, Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President, and Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President.


“McDonalds El Paso’s is showing its leadership by investing in El Paso’s future.”

For 2019, McDonalds El Paso will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships to qualifying El Paso students who wish to attend UTEP or EPCC during the 2019-2020 academic school year.


The academic institutions will be supporting this initiative by matching the scholarships amounts for a grand total of $100,000 in scholarships-attesting to its outstanding commitment towards education and the community of El Paso.


“The initiatives sole purpose is to provide financial support to local, dedicated students who don’t have the financial means to realize their academic goals and seek an opportunity to better their lives through education,” said Richard Castro founder of the McDonalds El Paso Scholarships program. 


“By partnering with UTEP and EPCC we take this initiative to a whole new level, enabling the cause to cover the tuition of a student’s entire academic year.”

The application process began Feb. 4th and ends on March 11th. 


For more information on how to apply visit; EPCC: https://www.epcc.edu/Administration/Foundation 

Scholarship winners are selected by Academic achievements, financial needs, and personal qualities and strengths as demonstrated in the essay.


There are 29,146 students who are enrolled in all 5 EPCC campuses; there are 145 in different programs, 46 percent of the students are First-generation college student, 53 percent are receiving need based financial aid, with this many students EPCC gives those students the opportunity to receive a scholarship that will in the long run better their career and life.


“The Foundation envisions a greater border community where all individuals pursue learning and improve their quality of life through education.” EPCC officials said. The Foundation  for EPCC purpose is to raise funds that provide scholarships to EPCC students.


The foundation envisions a greater border community where all individuals pursue learning and improve their quality of life through education. 


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