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UCM Presents 2015 Cesar E. Chavez Scholarships

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 29, 2015) – Two Kansas City area high school students were named recipients of the University of Central Missouri’s Cesar E. Chavez Scholarships during a ceremony Saturday, April 25. The presentation was part of the Cesar E. Chavez Day celebration at the Guadalupe Center in Kansas City.

2015 Chavez Scholarship recipients
Natalia Hernandez and Martin Munoz, seniors at Alta Vista Charter School in Kansas City, Mo., received the Cesar Chavez Scholarship to attend the University of Central Missouri during the Cesar Chavez Day celebration April 25 at Guadalupe Center in Kansas City.

UCM President Charles Ambrose and Monica Huffman, executive assistant to Ambrose and a member of the Chavez Scholarship committee, presented the scholarships to Natalia Hernandez and Martin Munoz, both seniors at Alta Vista Charter High School in Kansas City.

Hernandez is the daughter of Bulmaro and Cristina Hernandez, and Munoz is the son of Martin Munoz and Flor Martinez-Ortiz, all of Kansas City.

The university scholarships will provide financial assistance in the amount of $3,125 per year and are renewable until graduation if academic requirements are met. Both recipients will use their scholarships to enter UCM in the fall, where Hernandez plans to study biochemistry and Munoz will study accounting.

While attending Alta Vista, Hernandez was co-captain of the volleyball team and a member of the Early College Program. She attended the College of St. Mary Summer Latino Program and received a full scholarship to attend Mini Mizzou Medical School during the summer of 2014. She has tutored elementary school students at Derrick Thomas Academy in Kansas City and volunteered with Harvesters, Inc. and a variety of school organizations and events.

Munoz served Alta Vista as a teacher’s assistant and tutored students during his junior and senior years. He served as chair of the Prom Committee, organizing fundraisers and serving as the club accountant. In addition to school activities, he helps at home by babysitting his niece, allowing his sister to attend school and work.