How and when did you first hear about the scholarship program?
John had volunteered as a teaching assistant at Maggie Washa’s La Gloria English School for two years. He got to know some of the student participants in the program. When the school closed, we wanted to continue our support for students on the island and this was a perfect solution.
Why did you decide to become a sponsor?
We love the island and it’s people and feel like residents (part time at least). We feel responsible to give back to make people’s lives better and education is such as huge part of that. We know these island kids could not afford tuition and living expenses. The Isla Scholarship Group brings together caring, committed folks and helps maximize their impact. Team captains and “treasurers” for each student anticipate their needs and help assure those needs are met, even unforeseen ones. These dedicated individuals volunteer many hours to coordinate finances and we are forever in their debt.
How many students have you sponsored? If only one, who is the student?
We help sponsor three students—Yazmin, The Brothers Cleyder and Miguel.
Have you met your student while you were visiting Isla Mujeres?
Yes! Every year we make it a point to meet our students and their families for lunch in order to stay connected and let them know that we are supporting them. Since Yazmin lives and works on the island, we see her at her mother’s shop as well.
Anything else you would like to add about the scholarship program?
This has been such a rewarding endeavor. To know what a positive impact we’re having on these young people’s lives, to experience their gratitude, and to know how committed they are to improving their lives and those of their families is truly humbling.
Below are Maggie, Lissa, John, Yazmin, her mother and younger sister