Migrant Scholarship Fund

“The Backstory”

There are an estimated 2.5 to 3 million agricultural workers in the United States. These agricultural workers travel throughout the U.S. in search of better economic opportunities but finding strenuous and low-paying seasonal agricultural employment. Although many of these agricultural workers travel alone, many travel with their families and children. These migrant children and their parents travel from county to county, state to state following the crop season.  

Their parents work in extremely hot weather and are paid minimum wage.  Many of the older children work alongside their parents, working many summers and winter breaks. Due to their high mobility and constant transition from one school district to another, these migrant children face enormous challenges in their educational and social development. Most of these migrant children attend two or more public schools in the same school year and often miss the opportunity to participate in school-wide events, clubs, and field trips because of their late arrival and early departures.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there were approximately 213,000 migrant students identified in the United States during the 2015-16 school year. In Florida, an estimated 25,000 migrant students were identified during the 2016-17 school year. Through the federally funded education program (Every Student Succeeds Act, Title I, Part C), the Orange County Public Schools Migrant Education Program (OCPS-MEP)  ensures that all migrant students in Orange County overcome challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED). The OCPS-MEP prepares migrant students for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment through the following:

  • Migrant Pre-K services (graduation preparation starts with school readiness)
  • Tutoring programs
  • Social and medical support referrals
  • Credit recovery (through FL PASS program) for high school students
  • College tours and visits
  • Educating migrant families on graduation and credit requirements
  • Coaching students on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other scholarship opportunities.

Our Campaign…
Federal education funds cannot be used for scholarships, therefore, the OCPS-MEP established a local Migrant Scholarship Fund to motivate and encourage graduating migrant students to attend college. Since 1990, the OCPS-MEP Migrant Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to 436 graduating migrant seniors ranging from $100 - $1,000 each. Every academic year, the OCPS-MEP staff actively conducts fundraising events towards the Migrant Scholarship Fund. These fundraising events include the sale of donated goods from local businesses, plant sales, and raffles. However, we still need your help!

The OCPS-MEP is hoping to raise $10,000 to provide scholarships to the 21 migrant students who are expecting to graduate and become part of the Orange County Public Schools’ Class of 2019. With your donation, we can encourage and shape the educational path of these graduating 21 migrant students. Your donation will show all migrant students in Orange County, FL that nothing is impossible. If you are unable to currently donate, please help by sharing this fundraising campaign to as many family members, friends, and co-workers as possible. The more you spread the word, the more likely we will reach our goal. Please donate and share! #OCPSMigrantScholarshipFund.

We will close our 2019 Migrant Scholarship Fund campaign on May 1, 2019, and plan to award this year's award winners at our annual Migrant Student Graduation/Scholarship Celebration on May 22, 2019. We will definitely post pictures of our celebration with the graduates thanking you for your support.

On behalf of the Class of 2019 migrant students and the staff and advocates that support them, thank you in advance for your generosity!

Scholarship Donation

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