New Horizons for
Eloise Montemayor, ’10
Eloise Montemayor, ’10, originally planned to attend college outside of Texas. Today, she can’t imagine being anywhere else.
As a teenager, Eloise and her siblings spent three summers with their grandparents in southwestern Minnesota cleaning bean and corn fields. It was because of this experience — and a helpful high school counselor — that she learned about St. Edward’s University and the College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
During her first year as a CAMP student Eloise kept busy, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to her freshman studies curriculum, she completed a semester-long editorial internship in the university’s Marketing Office. Eloise also served as an editor for New Horizon, a student-produced bi-annual newsletter about CAMP. She wrote and edited stories, took photos and provided input on the design and layout. It was during this time that New Horizon expanded from eight to 12 pages and printed its first full-color issue.
Now a sophomore, Eloise is a mentor for this year’s New Horizon editors. And she’s traded in her editorial internship for a photo internship in Marketing, capturing various events on campus like Hillfest, Founder’s Day and Homecoming.
Support = Success
CAMP quickly became a second family to Eloise. She credits staff members and other CAMP students — the backbone of the program’s support system — with her quick adjustment to college life.
“This is the right place for me,” says Eloise. “I love the small campus environment. Coming from a close-knit area like the Rio Grande Valley, I find it very comfortable here.”
Along with finishing a bachelor’s degree in Photocommunications with a Journalism minor, Eloise wants to take her camera on the road. She got a chance to at Thanksgiving when she accompanied the Ballet Folklórico dance troupe on a weeklong tour through Central Mexico. She also hopes to travel to South America in the summer and work on her Spanish as she hones her photography skills.
With a future wide open, Montemayor encourages other students from migrant families to consider applying to CAMP. “This is an opportunity to succeed that you shouldn’t pass up,” she says. “I would have missed out on a lot of great experiences if I hadn’t chosen