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 3 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.
Angel - Angel is studying Industrial and Maintenance Engineering at University of Technology in Cancun and wants to follow in his father's footsteps as an Electrician/Plumber on Isla Mujeres. Angel has excellent grades and we look forward to watching him succeed. Angel has a dog named Delta that he loves very much.
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.
Caro - Caro is finishing her degree in Education to be a science teacher. She is attending university in Cancun. Caro is a single mom of an 8 month old little boy and she only has about a year left (plus a 4 month internship) to finish up her degree.
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. She is now at University in Merida studying Nursing. Esperanza has dreamt of a career in the medical field for a long time. Esperanza is excited about her education and the opportunity to help others.
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 is a Nursing student at University in Valladolid with an impressive GPA. Jacqueline says, “In my extra time I like to investigate whatI have just learned, and therefore I do a lot of reading to review what we are studying. I would like my next study to be for babies and children since I like to take care of them and interact with them. I have a dream of finishing university, since I want to be an example for my younger sister to follow, and to be able to provide her with the resources so that she too can dream as big as she wants.
Loyda - Loyda is a high school student who is attending a Nursing Prep School. We will be supporting her with semester payments. She is living in Merida where is attending school.
Naddelyn - Naddelyn is a high school student who we are helping to complete her final year.
Noemi - Noemi is studying to get her degree in Education to be a science teacher. Originally she was going to be going to university in Valladolid but due to her good grades she was able to be evaluated to attend the rest of her studies in Cancun. Noemi has a young son who she will now not have to be separated from when she’s attending school.
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.
Students. From left to right, Cleyder, Miguel Canche, Miguel Jesus, Yuseli, Esperanza, Marisa, Conchi, Fabiola, Yazmin.