The Helen Cuesta Scholarship Fund

July 2, 2019

SHPE Board Chair Establishes New Scholarship Fund

Miguel Alemañy, chair of SHPE’s National Board of Directors, has made a $15,000 gift to establish SHPE’s first scholarship fund created by an individual donor.

According to Alemañy, “My mother lived for 91 years and had a fantastic, rich but difficult life. She raised me as a single mother and did not have the chance to enjoy the good things of life – we had many difficult years and had to make countless sacrifices.  She dropped out of college to work.  She worked like a horse to send me to a good school and college. She had breast cancer around 1988 and was given a prognosis of five years of life, but she fought back and continued to live past the 5 years, and in fact went back to school and got a Bachelors and a Master degree as she had wanted to do when she was young. So in her honor, I am establishing a fund in her name, Helen Cuesta, to give a scholarship each year to a deserving female student in SHPE who has demonstrated ability to overcome life’s obstacles and who doesn’t give up.  Someone who is on her way to success in life in spite of what life throws their way.”


The number one reason Hispanics do not graduate is financial need. In 2018, 1,300 student members applied for SHPE scholarships. SHPE was able to grant 155 students a scholarship award. Still, the need for scholarships is greater than the funds we are able to grant.

“We are thrilled at Miguel’s generosity and the establishment of the Helen Cuesta Scholarship Fund,” added SHPE CEO Raquel Tamez. “SHPE has an urgent need to raise more scholarship dollars to help our students complete their STEM degree.”

One scholarship will be awarded per year in the amount of $2,000. The first Helen Cuesta Scholarship will be awarded to a SHPE student member for the 2019-20 academic year. The recipient will be announced at the 2019 National Convention.

Donate now to The Helen Cuesta Scholarship Fund

If you would like to donate to SHPE’s general scholarships or discuss establishing a fund please contact SHPE’s Sr. Director of Development & External Relations, Kathleen DuBois, at