Las Adelitas Arizona honored Maria Teresa Velez, associate dean of the UA Graduate College, with the creation of a scholarship fund for Latinas pursuing higher education in Southern Arizona. Las Adelitas Arizona is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the engagement of Latinas in the political process. The scholarship was officially established at the organization's third annual Posada on Saturday. Velez has dedicated much of her professional life to the advancement of underrepresented groups in higher education. As associate dean of the UA's Graduate College since 1996, Velez has focused on diversity programs and has helped increase the presence of minority students in postgraduate studies and has mentored many Latinos and Latinas as they pursued their educational goals.
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