EPCC, UTEP, McDonalds Announce Partnership to Benefit Students

Posted by Angela Saavedra on 2/5/2019

left to right: Richard Castro, McDonald’s El Paso; Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President; Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President


El Paso Herald Post Staff Report


Officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC), the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and McDonald’s El Paso announced Monday a scholarship partnership between the three organizations.


Attendees included Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President and Richard Castro of McDonald’s El Paso.


For 2019, McDonald’s El Paso will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships to qualifying El Paso students who wish to attend UTEP or EPCC during the 2019-2020 academic school year.


The academic institutions will be supporting this initiative by matching the scholarship amounts for a grand total of $100,000 in scholarships–attesting to its outstanding commitment towards education and the community of El Paso.


“The initiative’s sole purpose is to provide financial support to local, dedicated students who don’t have the financial means to realize their academic goals and seek an opportunity to better their lives through education,” said Richard Castro founder of the McDonald’s El Paso Scholarships program. “By partnering with UTEP and EPCC we take this initiative to a whole new level, enabling the cause to cover the tuition of a student’s entire academic year.”


The application process begins February 4th and ends March 11th. 


For more information on how to apply visit:


The Foundation for EPCC will match the money received from McDonald’s El Paso creating 11-$4,000 EPCC scholarships for graduating El Paso high school seniors to use in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.


“The scholarships will help students get off to a great start in their college career,” Dr. Dolores Gross, Executive Director of the Foundation for EPCC said.


Dr. Gross added, “McDonald’s El Paso is showing its leadership by investing in El Paso’s future.”


The Foundation for El Paso Community College purpose is to raise funds to provide scholarships to EPCC students.


EPCC officials say, “The Foundation envisions a greater border community where all individuals pursue learning and improve their quality of life through education.”