History & Legacy

Vicente Ximenes Scholarship in Rhetoric and Community Literacy

Established in March 2005 by undergraduate English major Isaac Cardona and the students of Dr. Michelle Hall Kells' ENGL 320 Writing Across Academic and Public Cultures course, the Vicente Ximenes Scholarship in Public Rhetoric and Community Literacy honors Dr. Ximenes' sixty-year legacy of public service. Dr. Ximenes' unparalleled contributions at the state and national level distinguish him as one of the most influential figures in US civil rights history and secure his legacy as an enduring role model to UNM students.

Dr. Ximenes recognized the necessity of cultivating leaders skilled in public rhetoric and community literacy to facilitate cultural, civic, educational, and economic development in New Mexico. It is the vision of Dr. Ximenes that the scholarship help to stimulate a growing pool of research and knowledge in language and literacy that can be utilized to improve human relations across social groups in the state.

Ximenes Scholarship Recipients

Daniel Cryer (Spring 2012)
Brian Hendrickson (Summer 2012)
Genevieve Garcia de Mueller (Fall 2012)
Christine Garcia (Spring 2013)

About Dr. Vicente Ximenes

Few leaders have had as far-reaching an impact on the lives of the nation's youth in terms of equal opportunity in business, educational, and civic access. Upon retiring from the Air Force with the rank of Major (and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for combat duty in World War II), Dr. Ximenes served as co-founder and Commissioner of the American GI Forum (1951-1961); program officer and economist for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Quito, Ecuador (1961-1966); deputy director of USAID in Panama City, Panama (1966-1967); US Commissioner of Equal Employment (1967-1972); Chairman of the President's Cabinet Committee on Mexican American Affairs (1967-1969); Vice President for Field Operations of the National Urban Coalition (1972-1973); Commissioner of White House Fellows (1977-1981); and chairman of the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission for more than a decade. Dr. Ximenes is the recipient of the Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award, Washington, DC (1982), and the State of New Mexico Distinguished Service Award (1981). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by New Mexico Highlands University (1984) and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of New Mexico (2008).

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