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Guatemala City, Main Campus Scholarship Guatemala City

$5,000 provides an annual scholarship to a student studying at the Guatemala City main campus UVG grants Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Licenciatura, and Master’s Degrees. The most popular departments are Engineering and Education, representing 80% of students; Social Sciences, and Science and Humanities are also offered.

Testimonial, Ana Lucia Reyna, (then) Freshman, School of Engineering

“What you do for us is an investment in Guatemala’s future:

Guatemala is a beautiful country, with natural treasures, cultural diversity and human resources with potential. However, problems like illiteracy and lack of opportunities for young people, due to low levels of education, are some of the challenges that as a nation we have to overcome.

I am writing on behalf of students (like myself) that have been benefitted from scholarships from the US Foundation of the University of the Valley of Guatemala.

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Altiplano and South Campuses’ Scholarship

$2,000 provides an annual scholarship to a student
studying at the Altiplano or South campuses
Altiplano, in the Western Highlands, and South Campus, on the Pacific Coast, are UVG’s two rural campuses where poverty and lack of opportunity have long predominated. Students there are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs as well as teacher training programs, continuing education and workshops university-wide. UVG is committed to working to promote rural development through both formal and informal educational programming. These campuses also host bilingual preparatory education and have elementary and high school programs. Students are Maya (Altiplano) and mostly Ladino, Guatemalans of mixed Maya-Spanish heritage, (South Campus). A very modest investment yields tremendous transformation.

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School of Education Scholarship

$1,750 provides a teacher training program scholarship for a public elementary school teacherMost teachers in Guatemalan public elementary schools do not have any post-secondary education. UVG has been a pioneer in the training of these teachers, offering the only profesorado program in elementary education, and the only Mayan/Spanish language elementary education program in Central America. Teachers in Guatemala earn very little, generally about $300 per month. The tuition at UVG for the profesorado program of $1,750 is beyond their means. This problem is compounded since teachers with this additional certificate do not earn any more than other teachers without it. A gift for scholarships for these teachers will make a lasting difference in the lives of all the students they teach during their entire career.

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Technology Institute (ITEC)/Community College Scholarship

$1,800 provides an annual tuition scholarship
for a student at the Technology Institute (ITEC)
The students in this program come from the rural areas of Guatemala. To reach the high school level, they have already overcome tremendous obstacles. Of every 10 children in Guatemala, only 9 begin elementary school. Of those 9, only 3 of them will complete 6th grade. Finally, only one of those 3 will begin high school.

The students in our ITEC program have persevered, and are now receiving the advantages of a higher quality, secondary education than would have previously been possible. After completing the high school portion of the program, they are able to continue on to 2 years of applied learning – learning that will give them a job, and their communities the skills they need for further development, or to consider continuing their further education.

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Women in Engineering Scholarship

$5,000 provides an annual tuition scholarship
for a female student of Engineering at UVG
Thirty-one percent of UVG’s engineering students are women (by contrast only 17 percent of US engineering students are female). Every year UVG has applicants for the school of engineering that cannot afford the annual tuition. In January 2006, two young women, who had completed the high school portion of the ITEC program, entered the University as engineering students. While these 2 young women were our first ITEC students to come to University, there are other female students who currently strive for that same quality education and need help to be able to attend UVG’s engineering program.

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Women at UVG Scholarship

$1,000 provides a contribution to scholarships specifically designated for female studentsResearch by the World Bank and other private studies suggests that the education of women – with its enormous multiplier effects on the health and development of children – is the single best investment a country can make in its future. Educating women outstrips the return on any alternative use of resources.

Women are beginning to make tremendous strides in Guatemala. UVG is at the forefront of this trend – women current make up 56% of its student body.

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UVG-San Andres Semetabaj
(Mack Family Project)

Plans for lands recently donated to UVG in San Andres Semetabaj include funding for: the continued archeological exploration of significant on-site ruins of what was likely a Mayan village occupied since the pre-classic period (approximately 600 BC), construction of a research and cultural center, ecological research and environmental impact studies of current water and land use practices, and scholarships for the town’s youth to attend nearby UVG Altiplano campus.

Make excellence transcend.

Your gift will make a singular contribution to a better-educated and more just society in Guatemala, providing high-quality instruction and education to UVG students. We are thankful for your trust and commitment.

Each year the number of talented students who want to be a part of our educational programs grows. Their economic situation should not limit their ability to obtain an education and thus improve their quality of life, that of their family and of their community.

Help us train and educate more young people with the scientific and technological knowledge that distinguishes the graduates of our institutions.

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