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20131004 VamoseventmediaRobert S. Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, served as the guest speaker at a "Back to School Social" Sept. 10 hosted by the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS).

Nelsen thanked the organization for its support of Rio Grande Valley students and gave an update on the new university and future Valley medical school. During the event, held at the Lone Star National Bank corporate office in McAllen, VAMOS leaders also shared information with community groups on the scholarships it makes available to assist commendable Hispanic students from Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron counties complete a post-secondary education.

Also described was the organization's mentorship program to support college completion as well as its major fundraising events. The UTPA Foundation's  partnership with VAMOS supports the VAMOS/UTPA Endowed Scholarship Program for students attending UTPA. In 2013, 20 UTPA students received a VAMOS Scholarship.

To learn how you can support VAMOS, go to 

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