Naomi Mendoza receives UA System mini-grant
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College’s Naomi Mendoza was one of four recipients from University of Arkansas System campuses who received mini-grants from an endowment honoring James L. "Skip" Rutherford III, dean emeritus of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Naomi is a first-generation college student pursuing an associate degree in business. She is a non-native English speaker who grew up in an immigrant household and supports herself with a part-time job in the hospitality industry while pursuing her degree.
“I am very grateful to have the opportunities that UA - Pulaski Tech and TRiO have offered me,” she said.
Mendoza graduated from Little Rock Central High School. She has funded her post-secondary education with state and institutional scholarships and gained support from the UA-PTC TRiO Student Support Services program.
She plans to use her grant funds to purchase a personal computer to use in her coursework.
“Naomi works as a work-study in the TRiO office and will continue until she graduates next May. She is very active in the TRIO Program and a 4.0 student,” said TRiO Director MaryKate Snow. “We are beyond excited to see her succeeding!”