César E. Chávez Leadership Conference

  • The César E. Chávez Leadership Conference began in 1990 as a small gathering for Hispanic students from Portland Public Schools. Over the years, it has expanded to include 65 high schools from Clackamas, Lincoln, Linn-Benton, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

    2015 marked the inauguration of the Southern Conference of the CECLC at the Southern Oregon University in Ashland, held on March 15.

    Scholarship program fuels students' futures
    Recipients of the César E. Chávez Leadership Conference scholarships are announced at the conference. Since its inception, the scholarship program has awarded over $600,000 to help students go to college.  

    “As Oregon demographics continue to change, so do the challenges and opportunities our students face," said CECLC Scholarship Chair Gerardo Ochoa. "By providing scholarship opportunities, we are sending students a message that we believe in them and our communities need them to succeed.”

    CECLC Board Chair David Martinez adds, “We are proud to invest in our future leaders. This is our way of encouraging students to continue their education beyond high school.”

    To learn more, go to the The César E. Chávez Leadership Conference website