National Hispanic Cultural Center

The NHCC Is Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Herrera Internship Benefiting Hispanic Female Students

May 13, 2019


Albuquerque, N.M.--The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Herrera Internship that provides scholarships to Hispanic female students who complete an internship with the NHCC. Latina students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for this scholarship by June 28, 2019, by 5 p.m., and scholarships will be awarded for the school year that begins Fall 2019. Applications are available at

To be eligible, applicants must have lived in New Mexico for at least one year at the time of application, regardless of immigration status; must self-identify as female and Hispanic, Latina, Chicana, or Mexican American; and must be a high school senior or undergraduate student in good standing who is enrolled at least half time in an accredited college or university in New Mexico. Preference may be given to first generation college students. Once an applicant is accepted, she will commit to completing an internship in one of the many areas of NHCC activity, such as administration, visual arts, performing arts, history and literary arts, or education.

The Herrera Internship Endowment was created by Dr. Denise Herrera to honor her parents (Yolanda and Fred Herrera) and grandparents (Reyna and Mariano Herrera), who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education. As a native New Mexican, Dr. Herrera has dedicated much of her academic and professional career to the advancement of underrepresented groups in higher education. As a participant in several diversity programs herself, Dr. Herrera has mentored students from elementary through postdoctoral levels. This internship is intended to honor that tradition of "lifting others while we climb" and paying it forward.


The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. If you would like more information, contact Kinsey Cooper, marketing and public relations officer, NHCC, at 505-377-8968 or


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