Community College Scholarship Program
José Rodolfo Gámez, Génnesis González, Brandon Navarro, Brandon González, Natalie Ulate, Duvan José Ramírez and Jefferson Phillips, graduates from technical high schools, will study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers at community colleges in Orlando, Florida; Reno, Nevada; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington for two years.
The Community College Scholarship Program is the result of a joint initiative between the U.S. Embassy, CRUSA Foundation, CINDE and the Binational Center. The total budget of the initiative is USD $1,450,000 for five years, which represents an annual investment of USD $290,000 per year for seven grantees (USD 41,429 per student). Each scholarship covers tuition, books, materials, health insurance and living expenses.
U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day highlighted the importance of STEM studies, particularly in Costa Rica that suffers from a shortage of technical workers. Ambassador Day wished the students –pioneers of this scholarships program- good luck and encouraged them to enjoy each moment and take advantage of all the opportunities they will have throughout the two years in the United States.