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Multicultural Scholarships Awarded

LAS CRUCES -- Three New Mexico State University freshmen are the first recipients of four-year scholarships from the newly created Fabian Garcia Multicultural Scholars Program.

Jesus Trujillo of Artesia, Karen Browne of Santa Fe, and Jose Vega of Socorro have each been granted a $5,750 annual scholarship for four years.

The scholarships, named after a pioneering agricultural researcher at NMSU, are awarded to students preparing for careers in food science or agriculture.

"The major portion of the scholarship funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of their initiative to diversify the federal workforce," said Mary Liesner, assistant to the associate dean and director of academic programs at NMSU's college of Agriculture and Home Economics. "The remaining share comes from the college."

Jesus Trujillo, the son of Ruben and Pita Trujillo of Loco Hills, N. M., is a 1994 graduate of Artesia High School. Trujillo served as the 1994-95 FFA state president. He is a freshman majoring in animal science and hopes to become a veterinarian.

Karen Browne, the daughter of Joanne Archuleta Browne of Santa Fe, is a 1995 graduate of Santa Fe High School. She is majoring in environmental science at NMSU. Her ambition is to be a marine biologist and oceanographer.

Jose L. Vega, the son of Jose and Della Vega of Socorro, is a 1995 graduate of Socorro High School. Vega is majoring in wildlife science and plans a career as a game warden.