A group of 17 students have been named 2020 recipients of the
Mary E. Campos Scholarship, which honors the work of longtime Iowa Civil Rights Leader Mary E. Campos.
The annual scholarship program is administered by
Al Éxito. Recipients are traditionally recognized during the Mary E. Campos Brunch, which was cancelled this spring due to COVID-19.
Fundraising for the scholarship program occurs each year in conjunction with the Mary E. Campos Luncheon.
DMACC was the major sponsor for the fall 2019 luncheon, which was hosted on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.
is so grateful for the generous support from Des Moines Area Community
College for the Mary E Campos Scholarship fund," said Dawn Martinez
Al Éxito Executive Director. “DMACC's
President Denson and staff exemplify the traits that Mary E. Campos
embodies and our scholarship recipients demonstrated for the award:
Civic engagement that makes a difference in the lives of their
Ahmed Agyeman, Director of Community and Global Engagement at DMACC, extended the College's congratulations and thanks as well.
“Congratulations to our Mary E. Campos Scholars,"
said. “We are looking forward to welcoming our students to the DMACC
family. Thank you to Al Éxito for working with DMACC as a community
The Mary E. Campus Scholarship Program is dedicated to
helping Latino youth access higher education, with a focus on students
who would not have been able to do so without financial assistance. The
scholarship is awarded to Al Éxito participants from across the state
whose dream is to obtain an education and to give back to their
community. Al Éxito currently serves more than 400 high school students
throughout Iowa with programming that builds the leadership potential of
Latino youth through college preparation, career development, civic
engagement, family support and celebration of culture.
high school seniors and Al Éxito alumni are eligible for the
scholarship, which accepts applications beginning in mid-December each
year. This year, two students who will be attending DMACC received Mary
E. Campos Scholarship.
Natalia Guerrero (photo on left) who lives
in Des Moines and attends Des Moines North High School. She will be
attending DMACC in the fall to study photography.
Waldina Villaneuva who lives in Clarion and
attends Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School. Villaneuva will be
attending DMACC in the fall to pursue a paralegal degree.
"I am proud to attend DMACC," Guerrero
said. “I know it will not be easy, but I am excited to move closer to my
goals. I found my passion for photography and I have aspirations of
traveling the world as a professional photographer. I will be the first
person in my family to receive a college education, and I know that will
make a huge difference in my own life and the life of my family."
Villaneuva said she is also excited to be attending DMACC.
visiting DMACC, I really liked the atmosphere and I was happy to learn
they had the major I was interested in," Villaneuva said. “It also made
me happy to see how much diversity there is among the students and all
of the opportunities they have for students."
Campos was the first Latino inducted into the
Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. In August of 2017, she received the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Edward S. Allen Award. She has also earned the
Ohtli Award, the highest honor given from the Mexican Government to a Mexican descendent.
Campos has served on the
Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the
League for United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and was one of the founders of the
National Black and Brown Forum.
To learn more about the Mary E. Campos Scholarship Fund, visit