Aug. 28, 2015

CAMP students standing together in a group outside of St. Edward's University entrance.


St. Edward’s University received a $200,000 grant from TG, a nonprofit that supports academic connections so that students can achieve their college and career goals, during the 2014-2015 academic year.

The funds supported about 135 students in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) during a time when federal funds from the Department of Education were not available.

TG provided scholarship support, covered vital program expenses and assisted with staffing costs. 

“TG funds played an instrumental role in the university’s ability to continue offering freshmen CAMP students with high quality programming and support services despite the loss of funding from the Department of Education last year,” Esther Yacono, CAMP director said.  “Additionally, TG’s philanthropy inspired many others to give to the program, and we are truly grateful.”

CAMP students also will receive support from the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation, who gave the university a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

The grant will go toward tuition for students from South Texas, namely those participating in CAMP.

A student qualifies for CAMP if they are a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and demonstrate that migrant or seasonal farm work is their family’s primary source of income.

Founded in 1961 by Sarita Kenedy East, granddaughter of Mifflin Kenedy and Petra Vela Kenedy, the foundation has donated more than $200 million to charitable causes and organizations in Texas.

Since its creation in 1972, CAMP at St. Edward’s University has helped approximately 2,800 migrant students. About 35 freshmen migrant students enroll each year.