• January 23, 2022
 Greater Texas Foundation Honors the Legacy of Dr. Natalicio by Supporting Endowed Scholarship


Greater Texas Foundation Honors the Legacy of Dr. Natalicio by Supporting Endowed Scholarship

The Foundation for EPCC is proud to announce receiving a memorial donation from Greater Texas Foundation to honor the legacy of Dr. Diana Natalicio.

The $25,000 contribution will be added to the established Dr. Diana Natalicio Endowment at El Paso Community College and will support student scholarships.

“Dr. Natalicio was a fierce proponent of advocating for access and excellence in higher education which benefitted all students in our region,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “We are grateful for the generosity of the Greater Texas Foundation to support EPCC students and ensure that Dr. Natalicio’s legacy lives on.”

Greater Texas Foundation wanted to honor Natalicio’s influence on Hispanic student success and insistence that low-income students be given the opportunity to access higher education lives on. “Dr. Natalicio’s passion for student success is well aligned with the foundation’s vision to ensure that all Texas students have equal opportunity to access and succeed in postsecondary education,” said Mr. Ralph Rushing, Chair of Greater Texas Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to honor her legacy by increasing access to financial aid for students.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Natalicio promoted collaboration that supported efforts to increase educational attainment in our community.  She regularly supported students by creating opportunities and also contributing to her own endowment at the Foundation for EPCC. “She was a true role model for all students and her endowment fund continues to transform student lives,” Keri Moe, Associate Vice President of External Relations, Communication & Development. “Our region is fortunate to have benefitted from Dr. Natalicio’s leadership and unwavering commitment to improving our region.  Her vision instilled new pride in our community and excellence in higher education.”

Dr. Diana Natalicio served as President of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) for 31 years until her retirement in 2019 and she passed away in 2021. During her tenure, Dr. Natalicio built UTEP’s reputation as a nationally recognized public research institution focused on Hispanic student success. Dr. Natalicio also established a nationally recognized alliance between UTEP and El Paso Community College (EPCC) that continues to serve as a model partnership between a community college and university.

Contributions can be made to the Dr. Natalicio Endowment at the Foundation for EPCC by clicking here.

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