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December 11, 2013

St. Edward's University Receives $25,000 from Monsanto Fund for CAMP Student Scholarships

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 11, 2013) – Five College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) students from St. Edward’s University were selected for the Monsanto Fund Scholarship Program.  Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2013–2014 school year.

The 2013–2014 Monsanto Fund Scholarship recipients are:

  • Jeannie Rae Bazan (Mission, Texas), a senior Biology and Psychology major
  • Leeroy Cienega (Sullivan City, Texas), a senior Chemistry major
  • Karina Cuellar (Edinburg, Texas), a senior Biology major
  • Ismael Moreno (Harlingen, Texas) a senior Accounting Information Technology major
  • Rocio Rodriguez (San Juan, Texas), a senior Chemistry major

Bazan, Cienega, Cuellar and Rodriguez were Monsanto Fund Scholarship recipients last year as well.

The St. Edward’s CAMP is dedicated to serving the higher education needs of students from migrant and seasonal farmworker families. Over 2,700 migrant students have accessed higher education through CAMP at St. Edward's University. Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, has continuously provided scholarships for CAMP students at St. Edward’s since 1997.

Now entering its 41st year, the St. Edward’s CAMP is the nation’s longest continuously running program of its kind. The St. Edward’s CAMP recruits and enrolls approximately 35 freshman migrant students annually. To qualify, high school students must meet the St. Edward’s admission requirements, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and demonstrate that migrant or seasonal farmwork is their family’s primary source of income.

Federal funding for CAMP is limited to support services for the freshman year. What separates the St. Edward’s CAMP from others across the nation is the university’s commitment to providing full tuition through graduation for CAMP students making satisfactory academic progress. St. Edward’s could not make this promise without support from generous donors like the Monsanto Fund. Without scholarship support, CAMP students would have to leave school or delay graduation, leaving both St. Edward’s and the larger community deprived of their talents.  

After graduation, many of the university’s Monsanto Scholars have pursued doctoral degrees and careers in research, teaching and medicine. Current Monsanto Scholar, Leeroy Cienega ’14, plans to attend medical school and specialize in psychiatry. His research interests include biochemistry, medicine and pharmaceutical drug development. In 2011, Cienega was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and attended the UK Fulbright Summer Institute in Tyne, England.

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at

About St. Edward’s University
St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts college in the Catholic Holy Cross tradition with more than 5,000 students. Located in Austin, Texas, it is one of the top universities in Texas and offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including MBA programs and a master’s degree in counseling. With a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward’s is a diverse community with programs designed to inspire students with a global perspective. St. Edward's University has been recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report and ranks in the top 15 Best Regional Universities in the Western Region. For more information on St. Edward’s University, visit

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