Born in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, as a young child Frederick, "Fredy," Olmos came with his family to the small town of Rupert, Idaho, where his father works as an agricultural mechanic. As a high school student, Frederick wasn't sure if attending college was a financially attainable goal, although it was his driving ambition.
Fortunately, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is one important reason Fredy, a first-generation college student and now a junior studying political science, has been able to not just attend the University of Idaho, but to thrive. In addition to a generous scholarship, CAMP assisted with the transition to college life, providing study sessions, tutors, advisors and a structured environment to help Fredy and others from rural and farmworker backgrounds succeed.
"There are people to help you every step of the way," Fredy said. "Without CAMP, I don’t know if I would have been able to have the strong foundation I have here now. I was able to earn a 4.0 GPA my freshman year, and I think that is all due to the CAMP program."
In fact, Frederick was named the CAMP "Student of the Year" his first year at UI. As his Vandal career has continued, he’s gained valuable and rewarding experiences: an internship with farmworker and legal aid nonprofits in South Carolina; a student job as in the Office of Admissions as a multicultural ambassador; participation in student clubs, including a multicultural fraternity; helping organize the annual Cesar Chavez Celebration Week at UI; and an upcoming semester abroad at the University of Granada, in Spain.
That hard work and enthusiasm has been bolstered by scholarship support, including 15 different scholarships in his freshman year. This means that Frederick is on track to graduate debt-free and ready to start his next chapter: graduate school, in either a law program or in public administration. Regardless of what path he chooses, programs and services through the UI Division of Diversity and Human Rights have given him the grounding he needs to succeed.
And he's looking forward to giving back.
"I come from a very humble family," Frederick said. "To be having this college experience is really amazing for me and my family. I'm very grateful for all the doors that the University of Idaho has opened."
"Right now I'm living my American dream."