There are a few scholarship-related activities to highlight this month.
1. University Eligible? CAA Education Member Johanna Fernandez conducted Zoom orientation and mentoring sessions to assist our eight 2022 graduating colegio students last month. Seven of our students were able to take advantage of this opportunity. Johanna highlighted financial assistance and academic application deadlines and requirements, provided some career guidance based on her many years of experience, and explained the opportunities to get tutoring/classes to prepare for the university entrance exams. As you may recall, CAA's program covers the cost of up to three university exams per student, given that each university has its own exam. For many of CAA's students, graduating Colegio is the first step in the journey to earn a university degree, or to master a trade; we are committed to assist our graduating students gain the opportunity for higher education.
2. CAA's University Scholarship Program Administrative Intern, Alisson Esquivel M. surveyed the beca families and identified some special needs, which were addressed in the last month:
- Alisson identified three women who needed eye exams and glasses, and those were provided in collaboration with our partner, Ópticas Rosán, through discounted services. And, thanks to CAA Member Linda D. for pitching in for one of our students. Assisting each of these students costs 60,000 colones. They reported much better vision afterwards and demonstrated some stylish looks also.
- Additionally, eight families needed food support, and CAA transferred just over 200,000 colones to Super Carranza for food baskets for these families.
- And some families needed assistance to pay the mandatory Colegio medical/accident policy for their student, so CAA pitched in to cover the 7500 colones annual expense.
Alisson advises that she plans to continue with CAA in her role as Program Administrative Intern, and we are quite fortunate to be able to continue our collaborative work for a year or so more.