Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.
As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.
One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”
Read more about Maria’s journey here.
Sponsorship through the Hope for a Family program helps cover costs associated with education, but when children reach secondary school, the cost to stay in school may exceed what sponsorship provides.
CFCA scholarships help fill this gap.
Since 2001, the CFCA Scholarship Program has awarded more than $22 million to deserving youth and young adults attending secondary schools, technical schools and university programs.
The scholarship program in Guatemala began in 1997 and supports more scholarship students than in any other country where CFCA works.
Here’s an interview with Jose Manuel Bajan Buch, who leads CFCA’s education outreach in the Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala.
Jose Manuel works with an education coordinator in each of the project’s nine regions. The local coordinators are responsible for administering the scholarship program in their communities.
Who is eligible for a CFCA scholarship?
Students in middle school and beyond, at least 15 years old. They must have limited economic resources, a commitment to improving their conditions, a desire to continue their education, leadership qualities and a desire to serve their community.
How does a student apply for a scholarship? See the answer