Four UTRGV students from the university’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) recently presented at the annual Association for Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET) conference, held this year on South Padre Island. 

The conference drew more than 450 attendees from across Texas and surrounding states.

The students, all freshmen, learned last month while completing mid-term exams that they had been selected to present to 40 secondary school administrators and school district staff from across Texas, on the topic of helping migrant students apply for scholarships.

Student presenter Leslie Gomez, a UTRGV freshman from Nevada, told the group that going to the conference to present to school counselors and staff was “a great opportunity to share with them how to best help their students apply for scholarships to enter college.”

Dr. Lisa Ramirez, director of the Office of Migrant Education for the U.S. Department of Education, said getting good financial information is critical.

“Paying for college is still a big hurdle for students when they plan to choose and enroll in an institution of higher education, especially if the student comes from a first-generation migrant farmworker background,” Ramirez said.

CAMPs are educational programs that serve students from migrant or seasonal farmworker families, and assist students in their first year of college with academic, personal and financial support. CAMP serves approximately 2,400 farmworker participants annually, and nearly three-quarters of all CAMP students graduate with baccalaureate degrees. 

The programs, which have had extraordinary success since their inception, are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education, and are administered by universities, colleges and non-profit organizations nationwide.

To learn more about the College Assistance Migrant Program at UTRGV, call (956) 665-5335 or visit www.utrgv.edu/camp