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Savannah Chavarria is a 26-year-old single parent attending Doña Ana Community College. Thanks to a $6,000 Hakes Brothers STEM scholarship, her full tuition is pad for the 2021-22 academic year.
The scholarship, which is managed by the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM), was created by Hakes Brothers “to support single parents that reside in Doña Ana County studying within a field associated with STEM, the medical professional, accounting or legal services,”
Hakes Brothers said in a news release.
“The scholarship was provided as part of the homebuilder’s philanthropic initiative to give back to the communities it serves,” the news release said. “For many years, Hakes Brothers has been involved in ongoing partnerships with local organizations that provide support to families, individuals and the communities at large.”
The $6,000 award was one of three total scholarships offered by the homebuilder in the New Mexico area.
“Through CFSNM, Hakes Brothers is providing a student with an opportunity to advance educationally,” said Courtney McAlister, vice president/region counsel for the construction company.
Chavarria plans to become a radiologist, attributing her desire to help people as a cornerstone decision in pursuing this career path, the news release said.
"I am very thankful for this scholarship, which will help me further my education by helping me afford to go to college and raise a child," Chavarria said.
“CFSNM board and team are humbled by the Hakes Brothers gift in 2020,” said CFSNM President and CEO Terra Winter. “This scholarship will truly impact Savannah as she continues her radiology degree while balancing life as a single parent. It is with donors like Hakes Brothers and others that can make a great difference in students' lives through philanthropy.”
Kimball Hakes and his brothers, Chris and Josh, opened Hakes Brothers builders in 2006 in Las Cruces. In 15 years, they have grown it into the largest homebuilder based in New Mexico. The company passed the 3,000-homes-built mark earlier this year and now has offices in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, El Paso and San Antonio.
Natives of Arizona, the Hakes brothers came to Las Cruces when their father, former Doña Ana County Commissioner Kim Hakes, came here to lead Community First Bank in 1999.
Contact Hakes Brothers at 575-373-8300. Visit www.hakesbrothers.com.