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Honorining Mom.

Edgar Montiel ’95, ’09, bleeds UTEP orange. As a high school student at El Paso’s Eastmont High School, one of his all-time favorite sports moments occurred in 1992, when UTEP basketball coach Billy Gillespie turned a lowly 6-24 team into a 24-6 WAC champion that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The Miners remain to this day Edgar’s number one sports team.

Home plays an important role in Edgar’s life. His mother, Leticia, emigrated from Mexico and raised him and his three brothers on her own. Her hard work and devotion to her children put them all through UTEP, each graduating with engineering degrees. Edgar’s business venture, Palo Verde Homes, went from four closings in 2007 to over 230 a year, making it one of El Paso’s largest home builders.

Leticia inspired Edgar and his brothers—Ruben ’80, ’88 (posthumously), Rudy ’83, ’91, and Carlos ’90 —to give back to their community. In her honor, the brothers established in 1994 the Leticia Segovia Montiel Memorial Scholarship in Engineering.


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