Scholarships available for WTAMU students with seasonal farm-work experience

June 25, 2018

CONTACT: Mireya Jacuinde, 806-651-5312,

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682,

Scholarships available for WTAMU students with seasonal farm-work experience


CANYON, Texas – Students committed to West Texas A&M University could receive up to $4,160 from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) if they have work experience in seasonal and migrant farm-work.

CAMP is a federal program designed to assist students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies. Serving approximately 2,000 participants annually, 43 higher education institutions participate in CAMP nationwide. WTAMU is the only institution with the program in a 300-mile radius.

 “The majority of students that go through the program develop lifelong friendships,” Martin Lopez, executive director of Special Programs at WTAMU, said. “Every CAMP student will tell you that they’re not the same person graduating as they were as a freshman. It’s a transformative experience, and a major part of helping a person thrive in college is giving them a network to belong to. This is a pretty exclusive one.”

Since 1999, CAMP has been serving the Texas Panhandle at WTAMU. Approximately 530 students have benefited from personal tutoring, academic advising, community support and financial assistance that has totaled more than $2 million dollars.

 “Being a part of CAMP is like being a part of a family; we look out for one another and walk together through one of the toughest years of their academic journey,” Jacuinde said. “CAMP students can expect to find a home within our space. We try to provide a quaint environment for them to come study, work on homework or even grab a snack. The scholarship money is great, but the program itself is much more than that.”

The 2018-2019 CAMP cohort is currently accepting applications for scholarships. If you or someone you know is attending WTAMU for the first time in fall 2018 and has participated in seasonal farm work or been eligible for the Migrant Education Program, you may qualify for CAMP acceptance and thousands of dollars in financial aid.

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