Chavez college scholarship available for fall

contact: Cheryl Roland
| WMU News
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KALAMAZOO--Southwest Michigan high school seniors who have demonstrated academic success and civic responsibility in their communities have the opportunity to apply for an up-to-$1,000 scholarship for use this fall at a Michigan college or university.

The scholarship is offered through a program that honors the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez, a Mexican-American civil rights leader. It will be awarded at the Southwest Michigan Cesar E. Chavez Committee's annual dinner Saturday, March 31, at the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.


Students living in Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties who are enrolled or are planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in Michigan for the 2012-13 academic year are eligible for the scholarship. Scholarship applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and show financial need.


The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28.

As part of the application process, students will be required to write an essay describing their experiences, activities and leadership roles, as well as any challenges or obstacles they have had to overcome. The scholarship is not renewable. However, former recipients may apply in succeeding years

Scholarship applications may be requested from, and completed applications can be returned to: Southwest Michigan Cesar E. Chavez Committee, 809 Fletcher Ave., Kalamazoo MI 49006.

For more information, contact committee members Mike Ramirez at or (269) 387-3329; Sylvia Pahl at or (269) 372-7937; or Cris Obreiter at or (269) 387-8120.