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July 8, 2011

St. Edward's University selected to receive $25,000 Monsanto Fund Grant to support the College Assistance Migrant Program

St. Edward's University has received a $25,000 grant from Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company. The grant will provide scholarships to outstanding students majoring in the natural sciences and other select majors who are enrolled in St. Edward’s through the College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP.

In 1972, St. Edward’s was one of the first four schools chosen to host CAMP, a federal program that provides the children of migrant and seasonal farm workers with access to higher education. The U.S. Department of Education contributes significant financial support for the 35 freshmen who enter CAMP at St. Edward’s each year. After a CAMP student’s freshmen year, St. Edward's goes above and beyond many other CAMP programs by promising full tuition support through graduation to students making satisfactory academic progress.

Now in its 39th year, CAMP at St. Edward's is the longest continuously running program of its kind in the nation and has opened the doors of higher education to more than 2,600 students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families.

“St. Edward’s is pleased to partner with the Monsanto Fund again this year in supporting migrant students’ academic success.  While motivation is a big factor in earning a college degree, lack of financial support can literally derail a student’s best intentions. Students like Carlos Mendoza ’12, who have the motivation to pursue a degree against all odds, benefit greatly from the financial support provided by the Monsanto Fund,” said CAMP Director Esther Q. Yacono. 

Mendoza has made a name for himself among the university science community. Last spring at an undergraduate biomedical conference in Charlotte, N.C. he received an “Outstanding Poster Presentation” award for his research on preventing dangerous pathogens in fresh produce. He experimented by growing strawberries and bathing them in chili seed essential oil. His findings showed that this bath dramatically inhibited the bacteria Salmonella enterica.

“Without financial assistance, Carlos and others like him would have to leave school or delay graduation, and society would be deprived of the positive impact they exert,” said Yacono.

“Monsanto is devoted to meeting the needs of farm families, as well as improving lives through science and innovation,” said Consuelo Madere, vice president of Monsanto’s Global Vegetable and Asia Commercial Business and a member of the Monsanto Fund Board of Directors. “St. Edward’s University has a long history of offering science education to the children of farm workers, and we’re proud to support its efforts.”

About Monsanto Fund:

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

About St. Edward's University:

Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is named among the top five "Up-and-Coming Universities" in the Western Region by its academic peers in a 2011 U.S. News & World Report survey. For eight consecutive years St. Edward's has been recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. St. Edward’s has also been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability.

St. Edward's is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university of more than 5,400 students located in Austin, Texas. For more information on St. Edward’s University, visit www.stedwards.edu.

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