Student Profiles: Then And Now

Miguel was the first student to search out a scholarship, spending two days walking around Panajachel, looking for the "lady who gave scholarships," only to find out that we didn't have one. His perseverance inspired us, however, and with funds from our Canadian friends, we started with his scholarship in June 2011.  Tono, Mayra, Lidia, Donis, Evelyn, and others soon followed, and have worked to succeed against all odds, inspiring the younger students that it is difficult, but not impossible.

 

 Miguel graduated in Fall 2014, and became our program's first winner of the Walton Scholarship, a full-ride, four-year university scholarship to the United States, one of the most prestigious and complete scholarships available to Central American students. Miguel was the only 2014 winner in the nation.  He is studying international business at John Brown University in Arkansas, where he made the President's List in his first semester with a 3.89 GPA.    In 2011, he was about to drop out of high school due to lack of funds, and would have farmed onions. He was the valedictorian speaker at the 2014 English Access graduation, and was featured in the Prensa Libre national newspaper as an inspiration to young Guatemalans.

Miguel graduated in Fall 2014, and became our program's first winner of the Walton Scholarship, a full-ride, four-year university scholarship to the United States, one of the most prestigious and complete scholarships available to Central American students. Miguel was the only 2014 winner in the nation.

He is studying international business at John Brown University in Arkansas, where he made the President's List in his first semester with a 3.89 GPA.  

In 2011, he was about to drop out of high school due to lack of funds, and would have farmed onions. He was the valedictorian speaker at the 2014 English Access graduation, and was featured in the Prensa Libre national newspaper as an inspiration to young Guatemalans.

 
 Lidia graduated in Fall 2016, and is studying Marketing Technology at Galileo University in Antigua. She is a business analyst with Torrent Consulting, an American company working with Salesforce implementations.    In 2011, she was about to drop out of school to make tortillas, due to lack of funds. In 2016, she won a scholarship from the Summer English Institute to study English in California for the month of July, and won an award for overall achievement.  She has worked as a tourism guide for foreign missions teams to the lake area.

Lidia graduated in Fall 2016, and is studying Marketing Technology at Galileo University in Antigua. She is a business analyst with Torrent Consulting, an American company working with Salesforce implementations.  

In 2011, she was about to drop out of school to make tortillas, due to lack of funds. In 2016, she won a scholarship from the Summer English Institute to study English in California for the month of July, and won an award for overall achievement.  She has worked as a tourism guide for foreign missions teams to the lake area.

 Tono graduated in Fall 2015, studied a year of information systems at university (UVG) in Solola, and won a Walton Scholarship. He started studying entrepreneurship and international business at John Brown University in January 2017.  In 2011, he was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have been an onion farmer. In 2016, he won a scholarship from the Summer English Institute to study English in California for a month, where he won the Steve Jobs Award for the top technology student, as well as the Jesus of Nazareth Award for character and leadership.  He has started an internet cafe business, a soccer field business, and a corner store.   

Tono graduated in Fall 2015, studied a year of information systems at university (UVG) in Solola, and won a Walton Scholarship. He started studying entrepreneurship and international business at John Brown University in January 2017.

In 2011, he was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have been an onion farmer. In 2016, he won a scholarship from the Summer English Institute to study English in California for a month, where he won the Steve Jobs Award for the top technology student, as well as the Jesus of Nazareth Award for character and leadership.  He has started an internet cafe business, a soccer field business, and a corner store.

 

 Mayra graduated in Fall 2016, and is studying business at Galileo University in Panajachel, as well as teaching English and Spanish. She won a Walton Scholarship, and will be starting to study International Business at John Brown University in August 2017.  In 2011, she was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have been a weaver. Today, she is the education advisor to her village, teaches vacation Bible school in her community, and leads tutorials in her neighborhood.

Mayra graduated in Fall 2016, and is studying business at Galileo University in Panajachel, as well as teaching English and Spanish. She won a Walton Scholarship, and will be starting to study International Business at John Brown University in August 2017.

In 2011, she was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have been a weaver. Today, she is the education advisor to her village, teaches vacation Bible school in her community, and leads tutorials in her neighborhood.

 Donis graduated in Fall 2016, and is attending university in San Lucas Toliman, studying to be an English and Spanish teacher.  In 2011, he was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have been a farmer. His nickname is "Dictionary Donis" for his exceptional memorizing ability.

Donis graduated in Fall 2016, and is attending university in San Lucas Toliman, studying to be an English and Spanish teacher.  In 2011, he was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have been a farmer. His nickname is "Dictionary Donis" for his exceptional memorizing ability.

 Evelyn graduated in Fall 2016, and is studying Marketing Technology at Galileo University in Antigua. She is a business analyst with Torrent Consulting, an American company working with Salesforce implementations. In 2011, she was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have continued to weave traditional fabrics.

Evelyn graduated in Fall 2016, and is studying Marketing Technology at Galileo University in Antigua. She is a business analyst with Torrent Consulting, an American company working with Salesforce implementations. In 2011, she was about to drop out of school due to lack of funds, and would have continued to weave traditional fabrics.

 Vilma

Vilma

 Olga

Olga

 Angelica

Angelica

 Silvia

Silvia

 Olga

Olga

 Nineth

Nineth

 Mayrita

Mayrita

 Nayeli

Nayeli

 Maria Elena

Maria Elena

 Francisco

Francisco

 Carlos

Carlos

 Alicia

Alicia

 Tomasa

Tomasa

 Angela

Angela

 Josue Alvaro

Josue Alvaro

 Sergio

Sergio

 Edgar

Edgar

 Oliver

Oliver

 Mayerli

Mayerli

 Rodolfo

Rodolfo

 Mishel

Mishel

We continue to add new students when current students graduate, and are now averaging 25 students in any given year. Our goal is continued quality, not quantity.

 

Click below to see the first group of students in 2012. You'll notice young Miguel, Lidia, Mayra, Tono, Donis, and Evelyn, but none of them could speak English at the time.

Click below to hear Mayra, Miguel, and Lidia describe in English about their journey of learning, a few years later.

 

We look forward to introducing you to these amazing young people, in person. Thank you for believing in their potential.