Scholarship: César Chávez Memorial Scholarship
About the Sponsor
The César Chávez Memorial Scholarship was established by Duane Campbell when he served as department chair of the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department (BMED). Funded with his contribution as well as those from other faculty in the College of Education, the fund was created the year after César Chávez passed away.
Duane Campbell served as the first chair of BMED and also worked with the United Farm Workers from 1972 – 1976 and then as a United Farm Workers volunteer from 1976 – 1980. He had occasion to meet César Chávez many times. Duane remarks that what he remembered most about César Chávez was that he was a man of quiet dignity and discipline. Duane believes the essence of César Chávez’s contribution to U.S. society is embodied in the following quote:
“When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage...is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.”
It is in the tradition of César Chávez and the United Farms Workers that the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department embraces the spirit of self determination and building for a better future. The César Chávez Memorial Scholarship is created to benefit students who work for social justice within Mexican-American communities.