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Student Champion Award

The Student Champion Award is the most prestigious student award conferred by The National HEPCAMP Association. Each year at the Annual Conference one (1) student from a HEP or CAMP project receives this award for demonstrating outstanding dedication and performance.

HEP Student Champion

Elisa is a student at Treasure Valley Community College with the hopes of getting her two-year Nursing Degree. She was born in Michoacan, Mexico and traveled to many places in the United States when she was younger because of her parents' work. She was unable to complete her high school education because of all the moving around they did. She has been working in the fields and doing agricultural work as long as she can remember, but is now ready for a change.

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CAMP Student Champion

Ramiro Mendieta Guerrero was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, where he attended school until the fourth grade. His family of twelve that includes his parents and nine  siblings, migrated to the United States when he was 10 years old, in search of a better life. Upon arrival, the family settled in Arrey, NM, and began working in the fields. This work made him realize the importance of education. Finances were always limited, but despite them Ramiro was focused on pursuing higher education. Though he struggled with the language barrier, he persevered and overcame this obstacle. With hard work and determination, he graduated high school in 2020 and was accepted to New  Mexico State University where he is working towards a Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Ramiro has always been motivated and focused on his goals, but now, as a father to 2-year-old Estevan, his motivation is greater.

2023 Call for Nominations

The National HEPCAMP Association is calling for nominations of students to be recognized for their stories of dedication and performance. 

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CFP - Student Champion Award

Eligibility Criteria


Students must have been enrolled in a HEP or CAMP project during the 2022-2023 fiscal year (07/01, 2022 - 06/30/2023.


Students with documented achievements who have overcome personal and/or academic obstacles, or have demonstrated leadership qualities within their HEP or CAMP project.


Submit online nomination by Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Other Important Info

Nomination Requirements

  1. The student's full name, photo and brief biography must accompany the nomination.

  2. A statement describing the reason for the nomination, addressing how the nominee fits the eligibility criteria listed above (200-400 words).


  1. The Committee will award one (1) HEP and one (1) CAMP Student Champion.

  2. Winners will be announced by October 6, 2023.

  3. Winners will be recognized at the 2023 National HEPCAMP Conference with their names, picture, and biography included in the conference program.

  4. The Association will provide the winner with a $1000 scholarship/stipend.

  5. If a nominee is selected as a winner for the HEPCAMP Champion Award and is unable to attend the conference, the student should plan on recording a 2-3 minute video to be played at the conference.

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