Each student 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 30 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 a four or five year program. Once they have completed their required courses they must complete their thesis or internship, 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 well as the professional field.
Alberto - Alberto is studying Dentistry at Centro University in Valladolid and has 2 years remaining for his degree. Alberto dreams of using his degree to not only practice Dentistry, but to also offer free Dentistry where needed in his community and to be able to inspire future generations to fall in love with the profession that he is so passionate about.
Alexandra - Alexandra is a seventh-term psychology student in a hybrid program studying one day a week in Cancun.
Ariadne - Ariadne is earning her Nursing degree at UNIMAAT University in Cancun. She comes from a family of healthcare workers and is inspired by them and by the doctors and nurses who took care of her when she was hospitalized as a child. It has been Ariadne's lifelong dream to become a nurse and to care for her community.
Elias- Elias is a determined young man who is studying Business Innovation at University in Cancun. We are very happy to have him in our program and watch him achieve his dreams. His oldest brother, Abdiel, was one of our first students in the program and one of our first University graduates.
Esperanza - Esperanza graduated from Cobay High School, just south of Merida in a town called Acanceh, but is originally from Isla Mujeres. She moved to Merida during her last year of high school and lived with extended family because it was better for her scholastically. Esperanza has begun her one year nursing internship in August 2023.
Isabel - Isabel has one year and eight months left to finish her associates degree in Law (and a GPA of 8.8 out of 10) studying at University del Sur in Cancun. She will also be attending classes on Saturdays. When she finishes this degree, she plans to continue her education to become a licensed attorney, so she can fulfill her dreams of making a better life for herself and for her young children, and stresses the importance of taking on pro bono cases in her community to help people when she becomes a lawyer.
Jaqueline - Jaqueline has graduated with a degree in nursing and has now begun her year long internship.
Kalvin - Kalvin is attending Instituto Campechano - Bachelor of Art Education (Dance)
Loyda - Loyda graduated from nursing prep school and has started a one year internship the beginning of August. When she finishes, she will start her university nursing studies, which will be one year of classes and one more year of internship.
Marlene - Marlene is a single mother of two young children. Marlene will begin studying law in August 2023 in Cancun.
Stephanie - Stephanie will be pursuing a 3-year degree in Accounting and will continue selling her beaded jewelry at the Women’s Bead Coop as well as sell desserts that she makes. She will attend classes on Saturdays at University del Sur in Cancun.
Wessler - Wessler is attending university in Valladolid studying nursing.
Students. From left to right: Elias, Michelle, Jaqueline, Alberto, Paloma, Esperanza, Stephanie, Adriana, Loyda, Emily