Keeping these young minds in school is not only important for them as individuals, but it is an important investment into the futures of their families and their community.

The Becas (Scholarship) Program

UPAVIM has awarded scholarships to students in the community since 1992 and awards around 300 scholarships (Becas) annually.

For Primary School and Junior High students, the $63 Beca helps to cover the cost of basic school supplies, supplies for them to use at Reforzamiento (UPAVIM’s tutoring center), as well as the salary of a Guatemalan teacher for Reforzamiento. A committee of UPAVIMas evaluates the applications to determine which children in the community have the greatest need for the scholarships and all students are required to pass their classes in order to continue receiving their scholarship for subsequent years.

In 2002, UPAVIM introduced a second scholarship program, Beca de Carerras. This program awards a small number of scholarships to graduates of junior high with good grades to continue studying for a 3 year vocational degree at a public high school. The recipients are chosen by a group of UPAVIMas and other community members, according to their financial need and willingness to commit to service-oriented volunteer work in the community. Most students in Guatemala stop their schooling at the end of 6th grade because their parents do not have the financial means and many students do not even have the opportunity to reach the 6th grade. These scholarships provide a life-changing education to many deserving students that would not be able to reach their full potential without the assistance of a scholarship. In the past, UPAVIM has awarded as many as 600 scholarships a year and would love to be able to do this again! Thanks to everyone that has helped over the years and to those of you who continue to provide this support!

It takes only $63 for the year to send one child to school for the year. That is only $5.25/month. Why not sign up for our monthly donation program and sponsor two children for $10.50/month?

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If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation in the USA to one of UPAVIM’s programs, you can do so by writing a check payable to:

Please mail your donations to:
UPAVIM Community Development Foundation
c/o Janessa Landeck
1700 Sheely Dr.
Fort Collins, CO  80526
UCDF – UPAVIM Community Development Foundation
  • A registered U.S. based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Please specify on your check how you would like your funds used, or designate As Needed.

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