To promote the value of higher education and the development of community leaders.
Marcos Mora, founder and Executive Director of the Barrientos Scholarship Foundation, is a third generation resident of Omaha, Nebraska. Marcos' grandfather immigrated to Nebraska from Mexico in the 1920's.
As a student at Omaha South High School, Marcos, like many of his peers, struggled with the value he was getting out of his education and certainly didn't include attending college in his plans for the future. It took the personal mentorship of local educator Dr. James Ramirez, who understood the socio-economic challenges faced by members of the Latino community, to convince Marcos of the importance of continuing his education and of the need to make sacrifices and overcome the obstacles that he would encounter along the way.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and beginning pursuit of a graduate degree, Marcos founded the Barrientos Scholarship Foundation as a means to "pay it forward" to students currently pursuing higher education, formally recognize the value of the mentorship he received from Dr. Ramirez, and to pay homage to his cultural heritage.
Marcos has assembled a Board of Directors that share in that passion. (If you share in that passion and would like to be considered for a position on our Board, please contact us.)
Our primary goal is to help reduce the financial burden for students who have demonstrated strong academic aptitude, service to others, high character (via letters of recommendation), and personal ambition. As the rising cost of higher education continues to be a major obstacle for many students, we reward students for their achievements by helping reduce their individual financial burden.
Our secondary goal is to provide a means to celebrate our cultural heritage by hosting a banquet during National Hispanic Heritage Month. During the banquet we honor community leaders and formally recognize the achievements of our scholarship recipients.