Pop Wuj’s Scholarship Program
The rate of educational achievement in Guatemala remains one of the lowest in Latin America. According to the World Bank, secondary school enrollment for students of official studying age was 46% in 2010, and these rates are even lower rates for females, indigenous, and those living in rural areas, a majority of the population served by Pop Wuj.
The Pop Wuj Scholarship program provides 100Q (roughly $13 CDN) monthly per child to participating families, to assist in their monthly living costs, to purchase school supplies and clothes, and above all, to act as a financial incentive to keep their children in school.
To receive the scholarship, the students must maintain their marks in good standing (i.e., no grade below sixty in any course). Scholarships are given monthly at a meeting with the mothers, and accompanied by an educational session led by Carmen, the Social Projects coordinator and the help of the Spanish social work program students studying at Pop Wuj.
Photos above: Top: Myriah one of our social work program students interviews Heidi to receive a second scholarship to assist with the costs of university, Heidi is studying law; Middle: Adam, coordinator of the Family Support Centre hands out prizes to the students who won the recycling contest; Bottom: the mother of one of our students from the Family Support Centre.
Currently, there are 129 students in the program, and nearly all the students at the educational support centre in Llanos with financial need are participants. The cost of a scholarship is just $160 US annually, and is tax-deductible in the US. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit Foundation Todos Juntos (the US-based foundation that collects funding for Pop Wuj).
Last but certainly not least, meet Oscar, one of the newest members of the program, the recipient of my scholarship funding, and one of the cutest and sweetest 5-year-olds I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.