Scholarship: César Chávez Memorial Scholarship


Value Eligibility Supplemental
  • good academic standing;
  • limited to students accepted or enrolled in the teaching credential program with the Bilingual Authorization;
  • preference given to students from a migrant farming background;
  • have a demonstrated commitment to social action in the Mexican-American community;
  • proficient in Spanish
  • must be enrolled at time of award
  • Submit a personal statement (typed, two-pages, double- spaced) to include: a. Reasons for pursuing teaching b. Methods of financing your education and how you would use scholarship funds c. Future career objectives.
  • Submit a list of experiences related to working with children or youth beginning with the most recent. List dates, settings, student populations (age/grade level and diversity level), responsibilities, and supervision.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be on letterhead and no older than one year from date of scholarship application submission, and should be relevant to your educational endeavors (please scan letters together in one document, as the program only allows you to download one document).

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 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.