JUNIOR HIGH SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS

 


VIVIANA JOSEFINA

Viviana is from the village of San Antonio Polopó and is the daughter of Vicente, a day laborer, and Juana, who is a housewife. Viviana is the eldest of six children. She counts on the moral support of her family; however, the lack of economic resources impedes her ability to continue studying. She is a very good student with good grades and is responsible. She also has a good personality. Her dream is to be a good teacher to help her family and her community.  She is currently in eighth grade.


LUZ EMILIA VIRGINIA

Luz is from the hamlet of Vasconcelos in the district of Xajaxac, Sololá. She is nineteen years old. Four years ago her mother passed away, leaving Luz, her older brother and two younger siblings as orphans. The house where Luz lives lacked electricity and drinking water. Six months ago, Luz and her younger brother Victor decided to go live in Sololá with their mother’s Aunt Juana, who is seventy-seven. Because of the lack of economic resources and also because of having to take care of her siblings, Luz had decided not to continue learning. However, with her enthusiasm and desire to overcome, she has returned to her studies. She is a young lady with a good personality who is respectful, friendly and responsible.  Her dream is to be a good doctor so that she can help others.  She is in eighth grade currently.


JOSE PABLO

José is from the village of Monte Mercedes, Sololá where he is in eighth grade.   He is the son of José, a street shoe vendor and Floridalma, who is employed as a domestic worker. Jose is the second child of the family. He has an older sister Yenifer, who is eighteen, and a younger sister Elizabeth, who is eleven. José’s family does not have a house of their own due to scarce economic resources; however, this is not a limitation for José, who seeks to follow his dreams. José has many strengths, including his perseverance, his personality, his responsibility and his desire to overcome his obstacles. His favorite subject is math, and he likes to spend his time helping his family or drawing. His dream is to be an architect to help his family and the community.


DOLORES ANGELICA

Dolores is from the village of Santiago Atitlán where she is in eighth grade.   Her mother Maria is a craftswoman. Her father Juan is illiterate and is a street vendor. Dolores is the oldest of three children. She has a sister Mayra, nine years of age and a brother Juan who is six. She is a great student with good grades who counts on the moral support of her family. Her big dream is to be a tourist guide. With her dedication and good personality she will be able to succeed in all that she undertakes.


CARLOS DAVID

Carlos is the son of Domingo and Cecilia, both of whom are illiterate. Domingo is a farmer and Cecilia is a housewife. Both are from the hamlet of Peña Blanca, Sololá. Carlos comes from a large family and is the second to last child in a family of six sisters and three brothers, who have only been able to complete primary education, at most up through sixth grade, due to the lack of economic resources. In spite of that lack, Carlos dreams of graduating so that he can help his family and the community. Carlos has many strengths: his personality, his enthusiasm and his self-confidence that will help him achieve all that he attempts. He is currently in eighth grade.  


BEVERLY ANGELES VIVIANA

Beverly is twelve years old and is from the town of Panajachel, Sololá where she is in eighth grade.   She is the daughter of Nora Marivel, who is illiterate and a single mother. Beverly has one younger sister Madelin, who is seven years old. Beverly’s family does not have their own house. The mother is employed as a domestic worker and does crafts to help defray her expenses as well as to pay for the weekly rental of their dwelling. Beverly is a good student and has a good personality. She dreams of getting a law degree, with the moral support of her mother who helps her unconditionally. With her good attitude, she will be able to succeed in achieving her dreams.


ALVARO ALEXANDER

Alvaro is twelve years old and is from the hamlet of Peña Blanca, Sololá. He is the son of Martina, who is a housewife and Pedro, who is a farmer. Both are illiterate. Alvaro is the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. He is a young man with a nice personality. His favorite subjects are artistic expression and math. His big dream is to be an architect, however, because of the instability of the work situation for his parents, they are not able to manage the costs of their son’s education. Despite few resources, Alvaro has demonstrated his desire to overcome his obstacles and to continue studying by maintaining a high average.  Alvaro is in eighth grade.  





SERGIO ISRAEL

Sergio is from Tzancorral, a rural area of the municipality of San Antonio Polopo, Solola. This year he is enrolled in tenth grade.  He Sergio Israel Miza Chiyallives with his maternal grandparents, who are both of advanced age, as well as his aunts and uncles. His mother died eleven years ago and his father abandoned the family when Sergio was little. Sergio also has a sister, who is likewise the responsibility of their grandparents, aunts and uncles. Sergio is an enthusiastic youth with a lot of energy and the will to overcome. His favorite subject is math. He has two possible goals in life: one is to be an expert accountant and the other is to be a computer technician. By achieving either of these goals, he would be able to help his grandparents and the community. He believes that with his charisma and his dedication to the fulfillment of his obligations, he will be able to be successful in his efforts.


YOSELIN JOHANA

Yoselin is from the area of San Andres Semetabaj, Solola. Yoselin Francisca Choy YachIn 2020, she is enrolled in the tenth grade. She lives with her mother, who does domestic work and sells snacks and fruit to schoolchildren in her community. Her father is a day laborer. Yoselin is the oldest of three daughters. Her sisters are Rubi, age 10, and Marta, age 3. She is an enthusiastic young person and a good student with much potential, who counts on the moral support of her family. Her greatest challenge is not having sufficient economic resources; however, she has an enormous desire to overcome that challenge and to help her family live in better conditions. She has two possible goals: one is to be a teacher in order to educate the boys and girls of her community; the other is to be a doctor who can help to heal the sick. She thinks that, with the help of her family and her enthusiasm, she will be able to be successful.



 

 



ANGELA CANDELARIA

Angela is from Santa CatariAngelaCandelariana Palopó and is the youngest of six children. Her father is a farmworker and her mother  is a weaver of indigenous textiles. Neither of her parents are able to read or write. Angela is an enthusiastic student with goals and purpose for her future. She will complete the ninth grade this year.


ANA ISABEL

AnaIsabelAna is from Santa Catarina Palopo. Her father is a fruit vendor and her mother is a domestic worker. Both parents are from Santa Catarina and never learned to read and write. Ana is the sixth of eight children. She started school at 10 years of age instead of 6 because resources were scarce in her family. She is now in the eighth grade. With her good study habits, she is doing quite well. She likes math, and her goal is to graduate as an accountant. Ana Isabel is very intelligent, respectful and has a fun personality. She hopes to be able to help her family economically.  Ana is currently in ninth grade.  


 

Alexandra Edelmira

            Alexandra is the daughter of Mayra Leticia, age 31, who only has a third-grade education and earns a living through domestic work.  Alexandra is 13 years old and comes from the village of San Andrés Semetabaj.  She is currently in the first year of Básico in the community school.  She has two younger sisters, ages 7 and 1.  At this time Alexandra depends on the support of her mother who has struggled to give her and her sisters what they need because the father abandoned them.  Alexandra has had to go out to find work in order to help her mother with household costs.  They do not have their own house at this time.  In spite of these limitations, Alexandra Edelmira have an average of 89.  She has a great personality, and she is very charismatic, responsible and intelligent.  One of her dreams is to either be a great teacher or an attorney so that she can help her community and her mother.  She believes that with the economic support she has been given, the moral support of her mother, along with her perseverance and dedication, she will be able to achieve all of her dreams.

Kenia Nicole

            Kenia is from the village of Monte Mercedes.  She is the daughter of Don Pedro, age 35 and Marta Julia, age 34.  Her father is illiterate and is an assistant bricklayer while her mother went to school through sixth grade and does domestic work.  Kenia is 12 years old and is enrolled in the first year of Básico in the local school.  She has three brothers and one sister.  She is described as being charismatic, responsible, and attentive.  She longs to overcome her conditions and has a big dream of becoming a doctor to help the people in her community as well as her family.  One of her limitations is economic resources; however, she counts on the moral support of her family to achieve each of her life goals.

Cristina

            Cristina is the daughter of Don Victor, age 48 and Doña Isabel, age 44.  Both parents are illiterate, as they only attended one year of primary school.  Victor is a farmer and Isabel does domestic work.  The family is from the village of Monte Mercedes.  Cristina is 14 years old and is in the first year of Básico where she has an overall average of 85.  Cristina has several siblings, the majority of whom only completed third grade.  They have limited economic resources.  In spite of the various limitations of the family, Cristina dreams of being a professional to help her family, to improve her condition in life and to help her community.  With her good personality, perseverance and good attitude, she will be able to achieve her dreams. 

            Kenia is from the village of Monte Mercedes.  She is the daughter of Don Pedro, age 35 and Marta Julia, age 34.  Her father is illiterate and is an assistant bricklayer while her mother went to school through sixth grade and does domestic work.  Kenia is 12 years old and is enrolled in the first year of Básico in the local school.  She has three brothers and one sister.  She is described as being charismatic, responsible, and attentive.  She longs to overcome her conditions and has a big dream of becoming a doctor to help the people in her community as well as her family.  One of her limitations is economic resources; however, she counts on the moral support of her family to achieve each of her life goals.