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Unanue Scholars Program


The Unanue Scholars Program is named to honor the memory of distinguished alumna, Mary Ann Unanue ('81), who rose through the ranks of Goya Foods, Inc. to the position of Vice President before her death in 2009 at the age of 49. The program is intended to serve Latina students with a shared desire to learn and experience higher education. 

In addition, scholars will be paired with Latina mentors from Catawba College who will meet regularly with students and offer advice on college life. This course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm starting on August 19, 2020 and running through December 2, 2020. Sometimes, class timings may extend later into the evening for special events (dinners, etc).

Selection Process

To be eligible, young Latina women must:

  • Attend a public high school within Rowan County, North Carolina
  • Will begin her junior year of high school in Fall 2020
  • Have demonstrated above-average scholastic achievement
  • Have interest in pursuing higher education
  • Provide a copy of a high school transcript
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher

Such students are encouraged to apply  below. The priority deadline to apply is April 20, 2020. The application will remain available until May 15 on a space available basis.


All tuition, fees, and books are covered. Students will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from class.

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To submit a high school transcript, recommend a student, or to receive more information please email

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