Changes to UNM scholarship anger Hispanic groups

Posted at: 10/18/2013 2:51 PM
By: The Associated Press



ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Two Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for the resignation of the University of New Mexico provost after the school upped standards for a first-year scholarship.
    
The League of United Latin American Citizens and the New Mexico Hispano Roundtable says UNM's plan is discriminatory.
    
The groups want Provost Chaouki Abdallah and an associate vice president, Terry Babbitt, to step down.
    
UNM President Bob Frank says the school could have better communicated the plan to require a 3.0 GPA, rather than a 2.5 GPA for the "bridge" scholarship. But he says he supports Abdallah and Babbit.
    
The Albuquerque Journal reports that much of the new program goes into effect in fall 2014.
    
The bridge scholarship is intended to tide over first-year students until the Lottery Scholarship kicks in for the second semester.

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