San Miguel gets grant for $1.1 million

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With a $1.1 million grant to the 400-year-old San Miguel Church, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation of Los Angeles has pledged to help complete the restoration process, remodel part of the former Mount Carmel/Hilton Catholic School and create a high tech “smart classroom” as part of an outreach program for at-risk youth in Socorro County.

With a $1.1 million grant to the 400-year-old San Miguel Church, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation of Los Angeles has pledged to help complete the restoration process, remodel part of the former Mount Carmel/Hilton Catholic School and create a high tech “smart classroom” as part of an outreach program for at-risk youth in Socorro County.

Socorro’s Holm O. Bursum III is cousin to the Hilton Hotel chain’s Conrad Hilton and was instrumental in bringing the pieces together for the grant.

Bursum and his son Holm O. Bursum IV, working with the foundation, Dan Lopez and Van Romero of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and many others have pulled together the plan for the grant, which will be implemented over the next two years.