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Young People in Jalisco, Mexico, Receive Scholarship Funds
Programa de Becas – Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta Sur
For the school year 2016-2017 Rotary eClub One provided scholarship
funds of $250USD each to Ismael de Jesus Garcia and Andrea Pong Reyes, both
attending Secundaria (Middle School) in the area of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco,
Mexico. This is the second year
our Club as provided scholarship funds to Ismael and Andrea.
In the early 1990’s Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta Sur and the Rotary
Club of Sebastopol, California teamed up to build a school in the village of
Paso Ancho on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta. Until that point, for the most part, Primary students were
being taught “under the trees”.
The two Clubs combined efforts and, with the help of local residence,
built a proper school which is still the main Primary school in a much expanded
community of Paso Ancho. Once the
school was complete we found many of the brightest young students were leaving
school after they completed grade six as their parents could not afford to have
them continue in school. They did
not have the money for school supplies and, if the children were not in school
they may be able to find ways to make a little money to help support the
family. Programa de Becas started for
the 1995-1996 school year to assist some of these students wishing to continue
Programa de Becas is a program designed to assist the students of
very poor families in the Puerto Vallarta area continue their education beyond
primary school. Scholarship money
comes from Canadian and American Rotary Clubs, visiting Rotarians and other
individuals visiting the area. The
aim of the program is to pair sponsors with a student and they remain “paired”
until either the sponsor or the student drops out of the program. At this point we have had a number of
sponsors stay with their students from grade seven until the student has
graduated from university.
Programa de Becas has split into six different programs with a
current student membership of about 600 students all sponsored by individuals
or Rotary Clubs. Many of our
students who would normally not have gone past grade six have now graduated
from university. Scholarships run
from $250USD to $350USD depending on where the student is in the school
system. The scholarship pays only
a portion of the annual educational expenses but it is enough that the student
is able to remain in school. The
total number of students who have passed through the program would be well in
excess of one thousand.
One of this year’s recipients is Andrea, a 15 year old, who wishes
to complete her studies for a good career. Her after school activities are
doing her homework, studying, and helping around the house.
The second is Ismael who wishes to complete his studies and go into
sales. His after school activities include homework, studying, and training for
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