About 150 immigrants from the Mexican state of Veracruz now in New York will benefit from scholarships funded by authorities in their native region.

The courses of study are provided by the Tepeyac Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Mexican community in the Big Apple, which Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa endowed with $50,000 for study grants and legal assistance for his expat constituents.

Joel Magallan, director of Tepeyac, said that the scholarships wil benefit 150 people.

Among those already benefiting from the scholarship program is Gilberto Cortes, a fruit vendor who is attending a course on business development because he wants to have his own store and not have to sell his produce on the streets any longer.

The course is teaching him all he needs to know to start a business in the city, as well as English, computer skills and even how to edit videos.

Pedro Matar, representative of the Veracruz state government in New York, told Efe that this is the first place where the scholarship project has been launched and that expanding the program to other states is a future possibility.