San Antonio Cesar Chavez March
César Chávez March for Justice

Cesar E Chavez Legacy and Educational FoundationThe Cesar E. Chavez Legacy & Educational Foundation continues to impact our San Antonio community and fulfill a mission started by our founder, the late Jaime P. Martinez who was mentored and inspired by Cesar E. Chavez.  

The Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation (CECLEF) will be virtually celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice on Saturday, March 27th at 7PM. This year’s theme, Continuing the Spirit of La Causa and Honoring The Farm Worker  is a tribute to the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and our founder, the late Jaime P. Martinez who was mentored by Cesar. We believe it is time to recognize and praise the essential workers: the farmworkers who toil in the field to feed a nation. 

Our 25th Anniversary Cesar E. Chavez March will be celebrated virtually with a professional production that will highlight our 25-year history with a visit to the people, places, and events that ultimately made the march to honor Cesar E. Chavez a beautiful tradition for our city.  Our Virtual event will take place Saturday March 27, 2021 at 7PM with a follow up virtual show during National Hispanic Heritage Month (September). Our virtual march will also feature entertainment including poetry and music featuring special performances of the farm worker anthem “Las Nubes” by Grammy winner, Little Joe y La Familia, super mariachi and award-winning musicians, Campanas de America, and San Antonio favorite, El Tallercito de Son. 

Our celebration will not only be celebratory in nature, but also be an educational experience. We’re honoring our past and acknowledging the youth who are the future of our community. On Wed., March 24th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM a special educational event is lined up in partnership with UTSA. The virtual lunch event moderated by Dr. Liliana Saldana will feature Roberto “El Capitan” Bustos as a guest speaker and be joined by a student panel to discuss the historic 400-mile march from Delano to Sacramento in 1966.  Bustos, 78 was selected by Cesar E. Chavez to lead the historic march and will share his personal story and experiences of organizing with Cesar E. Chavez.

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Cesar E Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation

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Scholarship Information

Number of awards and amounts vary depending on fundraising efforts. Typically, the organization grants between 5-10 students. Applications will be taken from March 2 - March 31, 2021 at Midnight.


  • Graduating High School Senior attending school in Bexar County, Texas
  • Awards must be used for Fall 2021 Semester or Spring 2022 Semester


This should include this signed, completed application, letter of recommendation, essay or poem, copy of your high school transcript and acceptance letter to an accredited community college, university, trade school or culinary school. Please sign and email the completed packet as a PDF to: CECLEF Scholarship Chair at

Letter of Recommendation

It must be a past or present academic instructor, mentor, coach or teacher who writes the letter of recommendation. It is requested that it be one 8 ½ x11 page in length, on institutional letterhead, typed and double-spaced bearing the applicant’s full name. It should include the applicant’s current academic ability or status, service to society, challenges overcome, leadership skills and community/school activity participation.

Essay or Poem

On 8 ½” x11” paper, typed and double-spaced bearing the full legal name of the applicant you may choose to provide an essay based on your answer of the question below:

Pick an area of special interest relating to the San Antonio community and provide insight on where you think that we as a community should be making progress and prospering. Share your own ambitions and how you plan to include the aspirations and needs of others in your life in the future.

Create an original poem inspired by any Cesar E. Chavez Quotes. Samples are below:

  • “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community….Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and our own.”
  • “True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.”

Limit 2 pages.