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Scholarship programs for Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta Sur

Rotary eClub One John Powell [JP] received a $500USD Community grant from the Club in November of 2015 to be used to assist students of poor families in the Puerto Vallarta region of Mexico.

JP has been administrating one of the scholarship programs for Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta Sur in the city of Puerto Vallarta for the past 20 years. In 1996 he took the program from a "Club program" to an "International program".  We started with one program and ten students. 

We now have six separate (but the same) programs providing scholarships to over 400 students.  Annual scholarship amounts are US$200 for Middle School students, US$300 for High School students and US$350 for University students.  The scholarship amounts do not cover all costs incurred by the students but it does provide the family with enough money they are able to keep the students in school.

In order to qualify for a scholarship the family must have the financial need and the student must have a minimum GPA of 8.5 out of 10 and they must maintain that qualification in order to stay in the program.

Sponsors are Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and other interested individuals from Canada and the United States.

The grant he received provided scholarships for two Middle School students, Ismael de Jesus Garcia and Andrea Pong Reyes, for the school year 2015-2016.  He will be requesting another grant for the school year 2016-2017 in the new Rotary year.

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