Meet the First Recipients of the Visit Sacramento CAMP Scholarship Fund
Visit Sacramento has announced the recipients of its new scholarship fund through California State University Sacramento’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which aims to support students who come from migrant farming communities. The region’s destination marketing organization launched the America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital initiative in 2013 and will fund five scholarships with a portion of the proceeds from its annual Tower Bridge Dinner. The first recipients of the Visit Sacramento CAMP Scholarship were awarded in late September.
“As the region’s Farm-to-Fork identity has taken hold and events like the Farm-to-Fork Festival and the Tower Bridge Dinner have increased in popularity, we’ve continued to look for ways to support our region’s food and agricultural communities,” said Visit Sacramento President & CEO Mike Testa. “With the guidance of Councilmember Eric Guerra and the team at Sacramento State, the CAMP scholarship emerged as an ideal way to support the families of migrant farm workers – one of the most integral communities within farm-to-fork.”
Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra, a former recipient of a Sacramento State CAMP scholarship, introduced the idea to Visit Sacramento as a way to honor the contributions of migrant farm workers.
“Farm to Fork does not happen without farmworkers. The most meaningful way to recognize their contribution is to help their children break the cycle of poverty through education,” said Councilmember Guerra. “I am proud to announce that as a city, we are donating the proceeds of the Farm to Fork Dinner on the Bridge as a scholarship to local students of farm working families.”
Jessica Deleon, considering nursing
Jessica is a first-generation college student in her second year at Sac State. Her mother works in a packing plant and her father worked in the fields. She is very grateful for the scholarship and plans to use the money for a reliable laptop for use at school.
Jesus Zavala; kinesiology major
Jesus is a first-generation college student in his third year at Sac State and is majoring in kinesiology. He hopes to become a physical therapist or chiropractor. Both of his parents work in the fields; this past summer was the first that he did not work in the fields as well. He is very grateful for the scholarship as it will help him with the high cost of books.