The Mexican American Alumni Association at Loyola Marymount University received $30,000 from Southern California Edison to support scholarships for Latino students.

Scholarships will be awarded to students who have a financial need and demonstrate academic excellence and community leadership skills.

The grant from Edison will be distributed over three years.

“This is an especially exciting time for the association to be the recipient of this grant because it is a matching fund-incentive grant aimed at increasing the financial support we currently receive from our alumni,” said association director Etelvina de La Torre.

Since its founding in 1981, the association has awarded approximately $1 million in scholarships to thousands of Latino students.

The association was created by a group of alumni who seek to create quality educational opportunities for Latino students at the private university.

University officials said the association helps the university fulfill two key elements of the university mission — serving others and embracing diversity.

The association receives financial support from alumni, parents and corporations to sustain the association’s endowed scholarship fund.

“I am delighted that Southern California Edison has chosen to support the association’s efforts with such a generous gift,” said de La Torre.