As you are probably aware, while we have sponsored many Colegio students over the years and helped them to remain in school, not all of our students ultimately graduate from Colegio, and even fewer are accepted to universities or other educational programs. Particularly during the two years of Covid disruptions, all students faced many challenges and some were not able to continue their studies. CAA was able to help some families during that time by providing mental health care, food assistance, and other aid to help keep our students in school.
Considering the challenges and interruptions in classroom learning during Covid, it is even more impressive that two of our scholarship recipients were accepted to university programs. Not only do students need to maintain high grades, but they also must compete for limited spots in each degree program. Many students are not able to get into their preferred field and may decide to apply for another career field. Students with financial needs must also compete for limited government scholarships, and without these scholarships to cover minimal housing and food support, many students are not able to attend university even if they are accepted. Assuming they are able to make it over all the hurdles to attend university, many students are not able to continue their studies due to family emergencies, financial problems, accidents, health issues, and other life events that can quickly derail their studies.
Our scholarship student, Andrea, moved with her family from Honduras to Costa Rica and began attending school in the San Ramón area. Unfortunately, like many children, she was a victim of bullying at school but with support, she was able to overcome that situation and went on to become the best student in the CAA scholarship program.
Her mother has worked hard to bring her family forward as there have been times when she has been the economic support for the family. At the same time, she has continued her own work to finish high school and study for a career in administration. She had to re-do her academic work from Honduras because Costa Rica did not accept her previous credits. She is a brilliant and brave woman, a great example for her children.
Andrea applied to the University of Costa Rica to study architecture, and since she was an outstanding student, she was accepted to that competitive program. She received the highest scholarship to finance her studies and has moved to San José to be able to study comfortably at UCR San Jose.
We at CAA are happy to have been part of her journey and to have had the opportunity to contribute to her success. This is an example of the impact we hope to continue to have through CAA’s Education Program and volunteer support. Many thanks to all of you for your support of our educational initiatives to help deserving students like Andrea!
If you would like to contribute financially to our San Ramón students who need your help to be successful in school, go to www.globalgiving.org/18714
*The name has been changed to protect the identity of the student.