Director's Message

En Español

Welcome to the Program of College Assistance for Migrants (CAMP) at Valdosta State University (VSU) Blazer Nation!

The entire team of the VSU CAMP is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and retention services to assist scholars from migratory and/or seasonal farmworker families transition to university life as they pursue a high-quality post-secondary education. The VSU CAMP team is committed to providing first-year scholars with a safe space and community with cultural pride.  VSU CAMP not only helps students achieve their dreams of obtaining a university diploma, but also the opportunity to provide a better life for themselves and their families.

As the proud daughter of an immigrant housekeeper and the first in my family to attend college, I was alone in navigating the process of completing college applications, filing my FAFSA for financial aid, applying for scholarships, creating my schedule, and so much more.  I was confused, scared, and made many mistakes.  As a VSU CAMP Scholar, this will not be your story.  The VSU CAMP team is dedicated to ensuring your success, answering all of your questions, and providing you with the tools for success.

With my personal background and professional training as a bilingual speech-language pathologist with over 11 years of supporting students who were migratory, immigrants, and learned English as an additional language, I can assure parents and students that I understand how to individualize academic support with compassion to meet each scholar’s unique needs. 

Here at VSU CAMP, we have high expectations for our scholars considering all the resources, support, and encouragement they receive. VSU CAMP Scholars will be academically, socially, and culturally prepared to succeed in the university and professional world. 

Congratulations on your acceptance to this competitive scholarship program with VSU CAMP!  We look forward to having you thrive within our VSU Blazer CAMP family!

Sincerely,

Rosalyn Castaño Martínez, M.S., CCC-SLP
VSU CAMP Director
rleech@valdosta.edu 

Message to Parents:  VSU CAMP staff is 100% bilingual (Spanish/English) and provides support and community resources to parents.  We welcome parents to VSU, participate in your child's education, and encourage them to reach out with any questions.  As a mother to a college student studying out of state, I know the stress, anxiety, and worries.  I am grateful for being entrusted with your children. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.