CAMP Students Going Places

Two students in USF’s College Assistance Migrant Program are selected for a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and an internship with a U.S. Senator.

 

CAMP student Pedro Zamora-Albor, a chemical engineering major in the Honors College, with USF President Judy Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox upon receiving a 2013 Honors College Research Award.

 

Special to USF News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (June 7, 2013) – When Pedro Zamora-Albor, a chemical engineering major, decided to come to the University of South Florida it was because of CAMP – the College Assistance Migrant Program. 

 

His work with CAMP played a role in earning him a UK Summer Fulbright Scholarship to study in Scotland.

 

Operated through the College of Education Center for Migrant Education, the CAMP program recruits students from migrant farmworker backgrounds from throughout the state of Florida and supports their success at USF through a variety of services.

 

“Pedro Zamora is a kind, caring, determined and focused young man, and he has been an outstanding mentor for incoming CAMP students,” said CAMP Director Patrick Doone.

 

In addition, another of the students in the program has been selected by the National High School Equivalency Program (HEP)/CAMP Association as a summer intern. Jessica Barron, a mass communication major, “has an effusive personality,” said Doone. “She is bright, caring and supportive of her classmates and others.” She will intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Marco Rubio this summer.

 

“Students from migrant backgrounds face many obstacles in pursuit of their education. Being selected for these prestigious honors is testament to Pedro and Jessica’s outstanding accomplishments and records of service to others,” said Ann Cranston-Gingras, director of the Center for Migrant Education and Principal Investigator for the CAMP program.

 

Zamora is a 2011 graduate of Hardee Senior High School. He is in the USF Honor’s College and is a tutor with the CAMP Program. He also works as an RA with Housing and Residential Education, was a 2012 Intern for Student Action with Farmworkers at Duke University, a site leader for Bull’s Service Break, and is a recipient of the Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship and the Monsanto Scholarship.

 

Barron is a graduate of Mulberry High School and is the first in her family to attend college. She was a member of the Jr. ROTC in high school and was the Univision Hispanic Cultural Ambassador. She is the vice president of Members Empowering True Awareness (META).

 

Both are the first in their families to attend college and are expected to graduate in 2016.