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Some area freshman now have to find another way to pay for their first year of college

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Amarillo, TX - A program at WT will not be giving out scholarship money. Every year the CAMP program gives those who are accepted, up to a $3,000 scholarship including $70 in stipends but this year that money is not available.

CAMP stands for; College Assistance Migrant Program-- it's funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to help first generation college students to succeed in their first year. One way the program helps is through scholarship money and this year will be the first in 15 years the program will not be able to help financially.

"It's sad for me and my peers, you know to know that the upcoming freshman won't be able to have this great benefit because it was everything to me." says Fatima Barrera." CAMP Alumnia university who supports CAMP programs like WT have to submit a written application in order to compete and be awarded a 5 year grant.

"Independent readers will grade your application and depending on your average score from those three readers, if you're above the cut off score meaning that the highest score, they fund that program then they go down until the run out of money then that's the cut off score." says Martin Lopez, Executive Director of Special Programs at WTAMU.

This year there were 44 universities that applied and only 12 were approved. Without the scholarship money, that leaves 30 students looking for different ways to pay for school. The executive director of special programs says they will help in any way they can to make sure these students get the money they need and there is even some good news for the near future.

"Well the good news is that we can actually re apply for next year, because in this particular program they have a competition for the 5 years so if you don't make it one year you retry the next year," says Lopez. The camp program has helped over 400 students and over 70% of them have graduated.
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