Drury Receives Grant for Migrant Worker Families

MONETT, Mo.—Drury University’s Monett campus recently received a grant allowing it to now provide higher education assistance to those family members of migrant agricultural workers hoping to attend college.

The grant is called a College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP grant.

“"They're coming from families who have never sent anyone to college. So a lot of times they don't even understand how to do it, how to apply or how to make it work," says Drury Spanish professor and grant program coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Nichols.

She says the school won’t be using the money to pay for these future students’ tuition but instead all of the other pre-college expenses that may stand between them and a degree.

“It helps provide counseling and training for the students and their families. Personalized advising and mentoring,” says Dr. Nichols.

At almost $2million over five years, the school will be taking on about 20 students each year.

Drury is still trying to fill this years 20 spots. They hope to fill them by the Spring semester. 

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