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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 25, 2013) – 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 20. The presentation was part of the Cesar E. Chavez Day celebration at the Guadalupe Center in Kansas City.
Alysa Guzman, left, and Jennifer Gonzalez, 2013 Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship recipients
UCM President Charles Ambrose presented the scholarships to Jennifer Gonzalez, a senior at Bishop Miege High School and daughter of Paul Jr. and Lucille Gonzalez, and Alysa Guzman, a senior at Park Hill South High School a daughter of Adam and Denise Guzman.
The scholarships are for $2,500 per year and are renewable until graduation if academic requirements are met.
Gonzalez will attend UCM in the fall to begin her studies in education. Throughout high school she has been active in Pep Assembly Club, French Club, Spirit Club, Campus Ministry Team, yearbook and National Honor Society. She also has participated in mission trips through the Campus Ministry Team and Project Uplift. She is a student mentor and serves a school photographer.
Guzman will attend UCM in the fall to study nursing. She is active in Spanish Club, Art Club and Fashion Club and has been a homecoming candidate her sophomore and senior years. She has played club soccer and has been a member of the Park Hill South soccer and volleyball teams, and she holds the 2008 Parochial League record for the 800m run and the 2009 record for the 1,600m run. She is active in church youth groups and has attended the Steubenville Youth Conference and the U.S. National Catholic Youth Conference.
Guzman also has served a volunteer at the North Kansas City Hospital childcare center and emergency room, as a youth soccer coach and with Harvesters.
The Cesar Chavez Scholarship was established in 2004 to provide a scholarship for a graduate of a Kansas City area high school who 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 UCM.