Today is an exciting day for Miguel aka Mike. Not only is this the day that he officially graduates with a degree in Computer Engineering from University, but it is also his birthday!
When I think of Mike, the word 'scholar' comes to mind. He is continually excited about learning and ready to share what he has learned and talk about the projects that he has been working on. He takes on every new hurdle as an opportunity to learn more and to experience more. I know that Mike will be successful in life because of his unending quest for knowledge, strong work ethic and kind spirit.
We often turned to Mike for help when we were choosing new computers for other students in the program and he is always available to help anyone on the island with any computer issues. During his time as a student he has been invaluable and always happy to help us.
Mike took advantage of an opportunity to travel to Canada a couple of years ago, in order to attend an immersive English class and we were thrilled to be able to help make that happen. I remember when we were trying to explain to him how cold it would be there and that he wouldn't really be able to understand it until he was there. When he arrived, he messaged me to tell me he was freezing! Haha. He had such a wonderful trip and made friends from all over the world, took his first airplane trip and yes, witnessed cold that I don't even comprehend, being from Texas. It was such a cool and enriching experience and he drank it in. Mike loves to practice his English whenever he has a chance.
For his final project at University, Mike upgraded the wiring and internet at Dolphin Discovery on Isla Mujeres. He worked very hard over many months and did a great job. Graduation was put off for a couple of months due to the pandemic, but he has done it!! Mike is one of our all time favorite students in the program. He's a wonderful, caring and determined young man with a great attitude and I can't wait to see what the future holds. I know it will be brilliant!
Please join me in a big CONGRATULATIONS to Mike. We are so proud of you! - Jana
This beautiful lady is Diana. Diana graduated this summer with a degree in Business Administration and with no graduation ceremony, fanfare, or celebrations in the midst of a pandemic. Her road to success has not been easy, but she is one of the most determined people I ever known and she did not let anything stop her.
In the evenings, after school, she and her husband, along with some other family members were running a food delivery service from their home for extra income. When the pandemic hit, Diana and Alejandro quickly transformed this business into a service. They have sought out the people who are most in need, the elderly, single mothers, people who are neglected and have no help, and they have supplied them with necessities for survival: food, diapers, formula, medication and hope. I promise that the stories would make you cry. Her sponsors and other generous, caring people continue to donate so that we can send funds to help those hit the hardest by Covid and the economic disaster that it has caused. When she began this, she sent us a breakdown of expenses and basically a business plan. She also sends us photos of the recipients, which of course we don't share for privacy reasons.
When Diana joined our program, she told us, " "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."
Not only did Diana complete her degree in an accelerated program, but she also had a beautiful baby boy and did not skip a beat. I'd say she's made not only her father proud, but every one of her sponsors, as well. I could not be more proud of Diana and Alejandro and the way that they have stepped up to become leaders and helpers of their community. Diana often tells me that it was a really tiring day, but she feels satisfied and blessed to be able to help. I think Diana is a true hero and a role model and we are so incredibly proud to have her in our Scholarship Program Family.