Mexican actress and television host Galilea Montijo is taking some time off from her artistic career to be the spokeswoman for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

"The purpose is to provide $120,000 in scholarships, which strikes me as wonderful," the host of the television show "Pequeños Gigantes" (Little Giants) told Efe.

Montijo said she decided to take part in the campaign because she owes the progress she has made in her professional career to a scholarship.

"I identify with the fund because I too once got a scholarship from (Mexican media giant) Televisa to study acting for three years," she remembers, adding that the opportunity gave her "20 years in a career doing what I love."

Montijo also said that another powerful reason for being the HSF spokeswoman is her recent motherhood - she gave birth in March to her son Mateo.

"I identify with mothers because now I am one," the Mexican artist said, acknowledging "the sacrifices that one can make for the children."

You can even "get to the point where you forget about your career" to care for and give your best to your baby, the wife of Acapulco city councilman Fernando Reina said.

Which is why she never hesitated to give her support to the scholarship program, which benefits Hispanic moms whose education was interrupted and students in their last year of high school eager to go to college.

The recipients of the 12 scholarships will be announced in May 2013 at an event in Miami that Montijo would not miss for the world. EFE