Center for Mexican American Studies Excellence Endowment

The Center for Mexican American Studies has established an endowment to help support its programs and services to include recruitment and retentions activities such as tutoring and mentoring, under graduate and graduate scholarships, the Visiting Scholars Program, and general operating expenses.

The campaign is an opportunity for Houstonians to join together in support of our city's leading organization for Hispanic higher education.

Why an Endowment?

As the Latino population of Houston and the university grows, the Center…grows, the Center requires additional resources to meet the high demand for its programs and services.

The CMAS endowment will provide a reliable stream of revenue for support. This dedicated source of long-term funding will help the Center withstand the evitable fluctuations in philanthropic support, and enable it to serve its students better in the present as well as to plan more effectively for the future.

Raising the educational level of Latino students is a long-term effort, and it is essential that resources be available to support this effort over time.

For more information about making a gift to CMAS, please contact the director of the center, by phone at 713 743-3134 or by email at tmindiola@uh.edu.

The CMAS Excellence Endowment/Advisory Committee

Committee Members

  • Carol Alvarado
    State Representative, District 145
  • Musa Dakri
    President & CEO, Wallis State Bank
  • Enrique “Rick” Dovalina
    Dovalina & Eureste, L.L.P.
  • Lupe Fraga
    President & CEO, Tejas Office Products, Inc.
  • Jorgina A. de Franzheim
    Community Activist
  • Sylvia Garcia
    Commissioner, Harris County Precinct Two
  • Antonio R. Grijalva
    President, Grijalva & Allen, P.C.
  • Trinidad Mendenhall Sosa
    Founder, The Trini and O.C. Mendenhall Foundation
  • Alex Lopez Negrete
    President & CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc.
  • Carmen Orta
    Co-Founder & Vice President, American Communications Services
  • Graciela G. Saenz, J.D.
    Partner, Oppel, Goldberg & Saenz, P.L.L.C.
  • Carlos Sharpless
    Managing Director, Sterne Aggee