Remembering a Legacy of Civil Rights and Liberty

The Dolores Huerta and César E. Chávez Scholarship has funded student scholarship opportunities since 2014. Each year, the event committee invites the Moreno Valley community to join MVC in honoring the legacy and work of Dolores Huerta and César E. Chávez, and to recognize scholarship competitors and recipients at a scholarship breakfast.

Celebrate With MVC

Join MVC on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 am in the Student Academic Services Building, Room 121 for breakfast, to honor scholarship recipients, and recognize the life and work of Dolores Huerta and Cesar E. Chavez. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased from Admissions & Records (Welcome Center). For questions, call (951) 571-6939. Sponsorships are available and fund future scholarships.

Scholarships Tickets and Sponsorships (pdf) Event History

Cesar Chavez

César E. Chávez

Born near Yuma, Arizona, on March 31, 1927, César Estrada Chávez employed nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers and formed both the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers. As a labor leader, Chavez led marches, called for boycotts and went on several hunger strikes. It is believed that Chavez's hunger strikes contributed to his death on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, Arizona.
Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union's accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF).

Rewarding Academic Pursuit

Each year, enrolled students are invited to create visual and creative works of art that explore and expand on the year's theme in innovative ways.

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Annual Art Competition

Submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges for quality, originality and adherence to the theme. All submitted artwork is featured at the scholarship award ceremony. Applicants must fully complete the online submission form, including a digital copy/photograph of their work and delivering any physical art pieces on the designated day.

Submissions are closed.

Accepted Art and Media

  • Accepted media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital art, poem/spoken word recording, and video
  • Three-dimensional submissions should be no larger than 36" wide x 36" high x 36" deep
  • Recorded and video submissions should have a running time of no more than 3 minutes

Event History

  • 2023: Lado a Lado — Side by Side
  • 2022: ¡Con ellas, sí se puede! — "With women, it is possible!"
  • 2021: ¡Viva la causa! "We are suffering. We have suffered. And we are not afraid to suffer in order to win our cause."
  • 2020: ¡Viva la Causa! Long Live the Cause!
  • 2019: A Legacy of Inspiration: “We are ready to give up everything—even our lives—in our struggles for justice.”
  • 2018: Nuestro Quinto Sol — "You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore."
  • 2017: César E. Chávez: A Voice for Justice
  • 2016: Cesar E. Chavez and his Struggle for Justice
  • 2015: Celebrating César E. Chávez and His Legacy of Service
  • 2023: Jesús M. Holguín
  • 2022: Dolores Huerta
  • 2021: Assemblymember Jose Medina
  • 2020: N/A
  • 2019: Ana Maria Espinoza
  • 2018: Mily Trevino-Sauceda
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