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August 17, 2012

St. Edward's Recognized for CAMP on 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). In 1972 the program was created to make possible the dream of a college education and a better life for the children of migrant farm workers. CAMP is a perfect match for St. Edward’s University and our Holy Cross tradition of providing a life-transforming education to a diverse student body, including economically disadvantaged and historically underserved populations.

Since 1972, CAMP at St. Edward’s has served more than 2,700 students and has earned the distinction of being the longest continuously running migrant education university program in the nation

Texas Governor Rick Perry recently recognized St. Edward’s University for CAMP, and issued an official recognition certificate. The certificate states “Your good work is reflected in the many CAMP students who have completed their degrees and achieved success in their careers.”

One of those students is Sammy Benavidez, who this summer was selected for an internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Christine Chavez, the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez. Sammy received on-the-job training, networking opportunities, professional skill and leadership development, and mentoring from consummate D.C. professionals before returning to St. Edward’s University to begin his sophomore year.

St. Edward’s 41st CAMP class began orientation and enrichment sessions for incoming freshmen this week. Parents and family members joined their students in a ceremony that has become a tradition for incoming CAMP students, Sewing of the Seeds. The seeds represent the students who have been nurtured by their parents. Parents bless their student and take seeds home with them as a reminder that their student is on path of growth and change.

Congratulations to all of the CAMP students on this recognition and for 40 years of success and achievement. View photos from the past 40 years of CAMP classes.

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