Fiesta Queen and King Win OPSU Scholarships—By Laura Nelson on 09/19/2012 Guymon, Okla.—Every year, the annual Fiesta in Guymon kicks off Hispanic Heritage month, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University is proud to be a part of the festivities. The national celebration of the contributions and cultures of Americans who have family ties to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The days encompass the anniversaries of the independence of a number of Latin American countries and this year's Fiesta on Sunday, Sept. 16 coincided with Mexican Independence Day.
Congratulations to this year's Fiesta Queen, Leticia Bernabe and the King, Manuel Romero, who were presented with tuition waivers by OPSU President Dr. Dave Bryant and Dr. Wayne Manning, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Outreach. The scholarships pay for 100% of the tuition for their first fall and spring semesters at OPSU, up to 15 hours per semester.
OPSU's Hispanic enrollment has increased significantly in the past ten years and today, Hispanic students currently make up 16 percent of the student body. Director of Hispanic Student Services Director Teri Mora works tirelessly to recruit Hispanic students and keep them engaged in higher education. OPSU has an active Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) chapter as well Corazón de OPSU, a collegiate Mexican folkloric dance group that complements Guymon High School's Alma Folklorica group.