Growing up in a family surrounded by music and dance, Irma Glover and her husband Rex were inspired to create an endowment in the program of dance at New Mexico State University, in memory of members of Mrs. Glover’s family. The Luis and Josefa Maynez Family Endowed Scholarship in the Program of Dance in the College of Education at NMSU will honor Glover’s father, Luis Maynes, her mother Josefa Mestas Maynez, brother Hector Maynez, oldest sister Raquel Maynez Leist and niece Dolores Sierra Jacobs.
Luis and Josefa Maynez instilled in their children both the importance of their education and pride in their Hispanic heritage. Their son Hector graduated with a business degree from NMSU, and daughter Raquel and granddaughter Dolores with education degrees from Cal Poly University and Northern Colorado University respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Maynez’s surviving daughters Emma Maynez Garcia, Irma (Lupita) Maynez Glover and Rosamaria Maynez all attended and graduated from NMSU.
Music and dance were greatly enjoyed in the Maynez home. As a child and teenager, Raquel performed Mexican and Spanish dances with her sister, Emma, who performed the role of Raquel’s male partner. As a young adult, Raquel taught dance to her siblings, children and friends in her living room studio and often her dancers were invited to perform at community events.
Glover, a retired principal, met with Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Education Patricia Conn and Head of the Dance Department Debra Knapp to tour the NMSU dance facilities and discuss a possible scholarship fund. After seeing an impromptu performance by dancers in the NMSU dance program, Glover decided to move forward with the endowment. The dance scholarship will be a memorial to Raquel and her oldest daughter, Dolores, who both became high school teachers of English and Spanish and both were teachers and performers of dance.
Financial Need: Required
Class Level: JR. SR.
Required Minimum GPA: 2.5
Required Major: Dance
Required Residency: U.S. Citizen