Villagomez receives Seed to Tree Scholarship
JOSE Villagomez, class of 2023 sociology major at Adams State University, recently received the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) Seed to Tree Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year.
“I am really excited to receive this award,” Villagomez said. He contacted his advisor, Heidi Schneider, Ph.D., an associate professor of sociology and inclusive excellence liaison, immediately after receiving the news.
“This is a highly competitive scholarship,” Schneider said. “I am the proudest advisor right now.”
AHSIE received more than 90 applications from students attending Hispanic Serving Institutions from across the country. The awarded five scholarships: two at the associate; two at the bachelor; and one at the master/doctorate level.
Along with $1,000 cash, the award includes registration and travel to the AHSIE conference in San Francisco in March. Dr. Schneider will also attend the conference.
“Jose’s application clearly demonstrated his abilities as a scholar and a leader, as well as his potential to contribute long-term to the HSI community and to the success of the students they exist to serve,” said Daniel Loera, Ed.D., co-chair of the AHSIE scholarship committee.
A first-generation college student and Center High School graduate, Villagomez submitted a personal essay, a letter of recommendation, and résumé for the award application. Matthew Valverde, D.M.A., associate professor of music and Cornerstone to Capstone Title V Grant project director, told him of the scholarship.
“I have had the opportunity to get to know both sides of my mentors, as professors and in casual interactions. It is nice to have the support,” Villagomez said.
Villagomez chose his hometown university after becoming familiar with the campus as an Upward Bound high school student. “I am graduating in three years with no student loan debt.” He took out a $4,000 loan but paid it off over the summer. “I worked really hard to get it paid off.”
He is president of Associated Students and Faculty (AS&F); and active in the Grizzly Activity Board; KASF, the campus radio station; and the Spanish Club. “There are so many opportunities to get involved if you just look for them.”