The Scholarship Program Students
There are currently fourteen students, each of whom is supported by a team of sponsors. The number of students and sponsors change as students graduate and new students are brought into the program. We have successfully graduated more than 12 students from the program, helping some of these first students through both high school and college - a long term investment!
Most of the university students are in their second year of a four year program. Once they have completed their required courses they must complete their thesis, which we have learned, can take a year or more to complete. Often the scholarship students still need to receive some financial assistance while working toward completing their thesis. After presenting their thesis the students must take the required exams before receiving their professional license. There are fees that the students must pay for the exams and license. The amount of the fees can vary from university to university as welk
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Alessandra - Studying Immigration & Customs at university in Cancun. From a sponsor who recently visited with Alessandra. "We will probably see Alessandra again as she wants to introduce us to her favorite food cart (talking about food is an endless subject). She loves this program and the connections it creates."
Antony – University student in Mérida studying nursing. Antony would like to go to medical school some day, and this is his first step towards that goal.
Cleyder – University student studying computer programming and engineering in Mérida. Cleyder has been given a new project, creating a website that the students administer and control the registered users, as well as sending a little message saying welcome to our site.
Miguel – University student studying law in Mérida. During Culture week at university Miguel chose to talk about human rights. He went to a school in a village close to Mérida to give the talk and teach about our rights.
Conchi – Attending Nursing school in Valladolid. Conchi has wanted a career in the medical field for a long time and volunteered at the Red Cross on weekends when she was in high school. Conchi's older sister was one of the original students in the program.
Diana - Attending university in Cancun studying Business Administration. "In my family I am the only person that has finished high school and this is part of my motivation to keep studying along with those who have encouraged me to continue my studies.
I want to be a professional woman, useful in society and able to develop in any professional position in my work, and more than anything to be my father’s biggest pride."
Esperanza - Has transferred schools and is now studying at a high school called Cobay just south of Merida in a town called Acanceh. She is living with her cousin Maria Jose and her aunt lives next door. Maria Jose is also in school at Cobay. Esperanza is in a high school tract for pre med, so you can see where here dreams are. She transferred because it is better scholastically, and there are fewer distractions for her compared to Isla Mujeres. She is excited to start this new chapter in her studies!
Fabiola – University student in Cancun studying criminology
Jordi – University student studying PhyEd/coaching in Valladolid. Jordi is very dedicated to his studies and loves the education he is getting. Coaching soccer is one of many goals he has."
Marisa - Studying physical therapy at University of Valladolid and is 1-1/2 years into her studies. She was born and raised on Isla Mujeres and has one sister and one brother, and her mother works to support them all. Her sister is also in University and is a recipient of this same scholarship. Marisa's dream is to open her own physical therapy clinic one day, perhaps on Isla Mujeres, and mostly "to make my mother proud".
Miguel Angel - Studying computer engineering at university in Cancun. Miguel is the younger brother of Arley; who recently completed her studies and received her title and license to practice law.
Paola – University student in Valladolid studying dental surgeon. Paola would like to focus on Pediatric Dentistry. She took a lot of joy in speaking to school age children about the importance of good dental hygiene. Paola's first semester as a university student has been a huge transition for her, but she is an excellent student in Dental school. She was very nervous after her first exams, worried she didn't do well, but when the results came out, she had the highest exam grade of anyone in her class!
Yazmin - A returning student who is coming back into the program. Yazmin had been attending university in Cancun but had to take time off due to personal issues. Yazmin has overcome major obstacles to continue her college education. She is one determined lady! The courses she will be studying will give her multiple teaching certifications, including for special needs kids and the hearing impaired (she is learning hand sign language). She is also getting K - 12 certification.
Yuseli - University student attending the Institute of Technology in Cancun studying accounting. Yuseli postponed her studies for two years so she could work and save money. Her dream is to be able to support her younger sisters so they can get the education they dream of.
Left to right, back row: Fabiola, Conchi, Marisa Elena, Paola, Jordi, Arley, Miguel Angel, Miguel, Cleyder
Front row: Brayan, Marco
Front row: Brayan, Marco