Marisa graduated in 2019, Oct/Nov with a degree in physical therapy.
“To My Godparents. Knowing that there will never be a way to thank you, after a lifetime of struggle, sacrifice and effort, today I end one more stage in my life. I appreciate the confidence you have placed in me, the support you gave me through my achievements and setbacks, and the strength that you have given me throughout my life, so that this moment finally arrived. Thanks to God and to you, who have guided my steps, I have reached this long-awaited goal for my personal improvement."
Another student graduating soon! Conchi is finishing her internship and getting her professional nursing degree. This has been many years coming! Congratulations Conchi!!
"To my Padrinos of the Scholarship Program: Because of your support and dedication, this very important day for me has arrived. For your wise advice that you taught me on the road of life, for your efforts and sacrifices to ensure my future, for helping me finish my professional career, that represents the best of inheritances. Yesterday your root was my root and your courage gave me courage. For all of yesterday, I lovingly dedicate my entire tomorrow to you."
In the picture below, taken in 2019, 5 students have since graduated, with degrees in physical therapy, business administration, computer engineering, nursing and law! They have come from near impossible financial constraints to professional degree.
We hope you will want to make this very personal connection with an Isla student. It will change your life!
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Hello from the Isla Scholarship Program,
All is well as we transition, graduating two more students and taking on two new ones. It is always a busy time for us administrators of the Scholarship Program. We are very proud to have graduated Miguel with a law degree from the university in Merida. Paola will be finishing her dental internships next month, when she will be called Dr. Paola and be able to practice dentistry. We are so proud of both these young adults and all that they have worked so hard to accomplish!
Now we have chosen two new students who are beginning their scholarships with us. Both started their studies without financial help and soon realized they would have to drop out unless help came from someplace. (In Mexico, once a student starts out in an academic program, they must finish it without taking a break. If they suspend their studies for whatever reason, they lose all earned credits and must start completely over again. This makes it impossible to take a break to earn enough to finish their university education.) And this is where our Scholarship Program can come in and help.
I would like to present these two students, with the hope that you might be interested in helping sponsor them. We form a 'team' for each student and the monthly support from these teams keeps the student in school. Sponsors commit to as little as $30/month up to $100/mo or more to help their student. In return the students keep a good GPA and write a letter to their team of sponsors every month. If/when you are on Isla, you will get to meet with your student and get to know them personally! It is a wonderful intercultural exchange as families meet families and a young adult gets an education they could only dream about. We hope you keep reading and choose a student!
👩🏻💻Tamara came to us in October of last year asking for financial help. She lives here on Isla Mujeres and goes to school in Cancun, studying graphic design. When the pandemic hit, her family became unable to continue supporting her because both parents lost their employment. She was able to find a very part time job but it wasn't enough to pay her expenses. She continued going to school even as she began going into debt, to get all the education she could and she hoped for a miracle so she could continue somehow. But she was facing the possibility of having to give up her dream when the University would not let her register for fall classes unless she began payments on past tuition due. She started a go-fund-me type page as she desperately looked for any way to stay in school. And she found us. We liked her strength, perseverance and big dreams. When asked what her dream for her future is, she said: "I want to be able to finish my University studies, to be able to travel to foreign places and explore new ideas and to be able to create and learn more about design. I want to have my own brand and my own business and create and sell my professional services as a graphic designer."
She has a GPA of 8.5 and is fluent in English! (This is a sign she is not afraid to fearlessly take chances, make mistakes and persevere when she has a goal.) We are proud to add Tamara to our scholarship program and hope to add a handful of new sponsors to her team. You will be well rewarded!
We have great news to celebrate! Mike graduated from our scholarship program in July of 2020. His area is computer engineering and he loves working with computers. Today he received very exciting news. After 5 different interviews and 4 tests, he was offered and accepted a full time position at the Apple Service Center in the Hotel Zone in Cancun! This is his dream job and he is thrilled!! CONGRATULATIONS MIKE!!
👨🏽🎓 Congratulations to Miguel who will be graduating this month with a Law Degree! 📜 🎉🥳
Miguel and Cleyder, Team Brothers were accepted into the Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program in 2015. Clyder graduated last year with an Electronic Engineering Degree. I have been part of the team since the beginning and I’m so proud that both of the brothers completed the hard work and had the dedication and professionalism to finish their degrees. It wasn’t always easy but they did a fantastic job!
“I am very grateful for the support you gave to my brother and me. I thank you for the support that each and every one of you have given us. My brother graduated thanks to you and I am about to graduate this December, and every day it is getting closer. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity, this privilege of being one of the students belonging to this (scholarship) group and to be able to excel, since without the help of each one of you I could not have concluded this stage of my life. It will undoubtedly mark a before and after in my life, I really feel very lucky and excited. I feel nervous, proud, happy to finish.”
It was like a miracle, I remember the hard times we were going through where possibly my brother and I were going to stop studying, but thanks to you and your support we have continued studying, we have met extraordinary people throughout these years, you are extraordinary and bright. I will always be very grateful to each of you who have given us the help and have trusted us.”
Please welcome me in congratulating Miguel in completing his degree and making his dreams come true.
Meeting Cleyder, Mom and Miguel for the fist time
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