Interested in becoming directly involved in a child's education? Read more about sponsoring a child.
The scholarship program began directly helping students throughout the department of Olancho in 1992. Since then, more than one thousand families have benefited from scholarships. The purpose of the program is to help low income families cover annual educational costs as well as the daily costs associated with student life.
An agreement with each student and his/her guardian is signed agreeing that they will maintain a permanent relationship with the organization by either working in an office of one of the various institutions the foundation runs, or by tutoring other youth who struggle academically. Scholarship recipients must maintain an 85% average in their classes.
With the exception of Escuelita Nazareth students, who nearly all come from low income families, the process for requesting a scholarship begins by coming to the organization's main office and filling out an initial form. Later, an administrator from each project visits with the candidate to verify that the information received is correct. To finalize the process, the information is compiled into one main file and is presented to the scholarship committee for approval.
There are currently 110 scholarship recipients, distributed in the following way:
|Cardinal Rodriguez Institute||16|
|Santa Clara School||12|
|Catholic University of Honduras (Juticalpa campus)||12|
Looking For Help
The program has been such a great success that each day we have a large number of people looking for help for their children. However, due to a lack of economic resources we unfortunately cannot give financial help to everyone.
The average yearly cost to support a child or youth in one of the educational institutions is around $600 U.S. dollars. Additional expenses such as uniforms, books, and other minor costs can add up to $300 annually.
For now, the only defined scholarship partnership we have is with the Parish of Saint Luke's in Texas. The parish directly supports the children and youth of Escuelita Nazareth by covering nearly 60% of operational costs annually. For children in other institutions, we are constantly searching for good willed people to act as ties between donors and the beneficiaries, in order to offer the best possible opportunities each day.
The program also offers scholarships to employees looking for professional development opportunities both within and outside of Honduras. We continually stress the need to better prepare our faculty and staff to improve the quality of education offered to our students here by bringing and using new ideas from all over the world.
If you would like to collaborate with one of our scholarship programs by sponsoring a child, you can donate online or contact us and we will gratefully send you a file on the children and youth who are on our waiting list. There are many waiting for a Good Samaritan!