For far too many students in Nicaragua, education is a rare privilege. Although public school tuition is free for elementary and high school students, the associated costs (such as uniforms, school supplies, food, and transportation) can add up. Some students are unable to attend school simply because they cannot afford the bus fare or even something as inexpensive as a notebook and pencil. Compared to other Central American countries, Nicaragua has the highest percentage of primary school aged children who are not in school, and UNICEF estimates that only 55-60% of those enrolled graduate from 6th grade. Less than 50% of all youth enroll in high school, and the rate of completion continues to drop even further.
In response to this need, Seeds of Learning offers comprehensive scholarships to economically disadvantaged students who, without this program, would be unable to continue their studies.
This year, after a competitive process, Seeds of Learning accepted 20 new high school students to our Educational Advancement Program. Even though this represents a large expansion of our current program (now numbering over 80 primary, secondary and post-secondary students), we are committed to supporting all these students this year and beyond.
And that's where you come in. When we made the decision to expand our program, we knew that we would have to ask for some extra help. A few generous donors have already stepped forward and offered to support eight of the new scholarship students. But we still need to raise funds for 12 more students.
Your donation will immediately be used to keep our scholarship students in school. $50 supports one student for a month. $500 provides a scholarship for an entire year. Please consider partnering with us in helping children and youth reach their potential. Any amount you are able to contribute will help us reach our goal.
Thank you for supporting these students!
Each scholarship provides:
- Full complement of school supplies each semester, and at least one backpack per year
- Complete school uniform once a year, including a pair of sturdy shoes
- Free tutoring and extracurricular activities
- Study related transportation costs
- Meal reimbursements
- Workshops, trainings, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year