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Honors College student wins award from Hispanic Scholarship Fund

From a UNT News Service press release

Alejandro Garrido, a senior English and social sciences major, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the premier national scholarship agency serving Hispanic students.

Garrido is a student in UNT's Honors College and its Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a federally funded program that prepares undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college, are from economically marginalized families or are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study.

"Alejandro is an extraordinary student who has, not surprisingly, earned HSF recognition, bringing added recognition to himself and to UNT," says James Duban, director of the UNT Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

Garrido's primary research interest is American literature before 1865. He is working with Richard Joines, a lecturer in the Department of English, on a project to explore Nathaniel Hawthorne's esoteric writing techniques in the prefaces to his novel-length romances, which Hawthorne wrote between 1850 and 1860. Garrido also is writing an Honors thesis on Hawthorne.

He is a member of the UNT chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national honors society for English majors, and is a mountain bike racer for the UNT cycling club team, which competes in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference in both road and mountain bike races. In addition, Garrido studied Chinese language and culture at Beijing Foreign Studies University during a study abroad program in the summer of 2010.

After receiving his bachelor's degree this May, Garrido plans to earn a doctoral degree and teach at a college or university.

About the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HSF was founded in 1975 to double the rate of Hispanic students earning college degrees. The agency's college scholarships are open to students of Hispanic heritage who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who have completed at least 12 academic hours meeting certain grade point average requirements.

Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at

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