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Students Honored with UCM’s Cesar Chavez Scholarship

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 27, 2011) – Two Kansas City area high school students were named recipients of the University of Central Missouri’s Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship during a ceremony Saturday, April 23. The presentation was part of the Cesar E. Chavez Day celebration at the Guadalupe Center in Kansas City.

 Jesus “Sonny” Castro, UCM chief diversity officer, assisted by Monica Huffman, special assistant to UCM President Charles Ambrose, presented the scholarships to Elva Carrillo, daughter of Lucia Prieto and Francisco Carrillo, Kansas City; and Issac Diaz, son of Jose and Ofelia Diaz, Independence.

2011 Cesar Chavez Scholarship Recipients
Elva Carillo, Kansas City, left, and Issac Diaz, Independence, received the 2011 UCM Cesar Chavez Scholarship during the April 23 Cesar E. Chavez Day Celebration at the Guadalupe Center in Kansas City, Mo.

The scholarships are for $2,500 per year and are renewable until graduation if academic requirements are met.

A senior at Cristo Rey Kansas City High School, Carrillo will attend UCM in the fall to study pre-law. Throughout high school she has been active in National Honor Society, the Green Club, Weight Watchers, Yoga Club and Social Justice Club. She has worked as an intern for The Hartford Insurance and Waddell and Reed, and has been a volunteer with the Puma Sister organization mentoring freshman high school students as they make the transition to high school. She also had volunteered extensively for her church.

Diaz is a senior at Van Horn High School, and he will attend UCM in the fall to study business. He represented high school at the American Legion Missouri Boys State, and has been recognized as Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Independence.

The Cesar Chavez Scholarship was established in 2004 to provide a scholarship for a graduate of a Kansas City area high school to plans to attend UCM. In 2008, the program was expanded to two scholarships.

Recipients are graduates of Hispanic descent of high schools in a 16-county area surrounding Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., who have demonstrated financial need and have been accepted to attend UCM.

Applicants are interviewed and recipients selected by a selection committee made up of various Kansas City area community leaders and representatives of the UCM Office of Community Engagement.