US FOUNDATION OF
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VALLEY OF GUATEMALA
USFUVG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized in 1977. The Foundation was created by a group of U.S. citizens committed to improving education in Guatemala and saw in the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) a commitment to broadly accessible, quality education that they wanted to encourage and support. USFUVG’s objectives are to:
- Increase the availability of scholarships to qualified Guatemalan students, in particular the Maya and other rural poor;
- Improve the education of Guatemalan citizens by enhancing the overall learning environment and facilities of UVG and securing UVG’s future through building an endowment.
Despite the relatively modest cost of schooling, most rural students lack requisite financial means. Providing financial aid thus becomes central to the Foundation’s mission.
Founded in 1966, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) is a private, not-for-profit, non-ideological, and non-sectarian University. UVG operates three campuses: its Central Campus in Guatemala City; Altiplano Campus in Sololá, serving Mayan communities, on a former military base; and South Campus, serving agricultural communities on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast. At present, the University has a total of over 3,500 students enrolled at three campuses, combined. It was the first private university to give a strong emphasis to technology in the country. Today, what distinguishes UVG from other high-quality Guatemalan universities is its innovative, practical approach to tackling the problem of accessibility to education for the Maya and other rural poor.
UVG produces professionals, trained technicians and educators, as responsible problem solvers who can help Guatemala improve its education and health care systems; modernize its agriculture and food production; manage its priceless natural resources, promote an appreciation for its rich history and cultural diversity; and, secure a strong position in the world economy of the 21st century.