|Scholarships for our Partner Presbytery in Guatemala in 2022 Can you help?|
|Currently the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County is supporting 90 scholarship students in grades 7-12 in our partner presbytery, the Union Maya Quiche Boca Costa Presbytery. What will 2022 bring? That’s up to our church’s members and friends. |
This project is 100% funded through financial donations collected during the previous year, so the number of 2022 scholarship students will be determined between now and the end of October 2021. The school year in Guatemala runs from January through October. Once the Boca Costa Presbytery Executive Committee knows how many scholarships can be awarded, they begin to work with the seven churches that make up the presbytery. Each church’s Session will identify the scholarship students. Typically, once students start the program, they continue until graduation, but there are usually a few unfilled slots for new students, too. The Executive Committee assures an approximately equal mix of girls and boys and gets everyone enrolled in the school and program of their choice. The Executive Committee also pays the school fees for each student, purchases the necessary supplies and meets with the scholarship recipients and their families to explain expectations. The curriculum for grades 7-9 in Guatemalan schools are similar to that of middle school in the US, but students are free to select the program of their choice once they get to 10th grade.
This year our 90 scholarship students are spread out over approximately 23 different schools. Those in grades 10-12 are studying a variety of academic, technical and trade school curricula including (roughly translated), agriculture, automotive and diesel engine repair, bookkeeping, business administration, computer repair, culinary arts, early childhood education, technical drawing, pre-med, nursing, bilingual secretarial training, dress making, and music education. Even if they don’t all find work in their field of study, their education represents a brighter future for themselves, their families, communities, and churches.
A full scholarship is $460, but donors are welcome to donate any amount. If you’d like to contribute, you may put a check in the offering, send a check to the church, or make a PayPal donation through the church website. Please CLEARLY mark your donation with the words “Guatemala Scholarship Program.” If you’d like to support this important project but want to spread out your donation over the year, please let Joanna Rollins know so we can factor your pledge into the amount committed to the 2022 school year. Please watch First Day and the church website for additional information. You can also contact the church office, email@example.com, with questions.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of support for this longstanding mission project.
La paz sea contigo. Peace be with you.
Yours in Christ,
The Guatemala Project Leadership Team
GUATEMALA EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
The cost of a full scholarship is $460. Contributions of any size are welcome.
You could pay on the church website www.firstpreshc.org through the church PayPal account (<< use the button at left!) or mail a check to
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD 21045.
Don’t forget to indicate “Guatemala Scholarships” in the note section. For deferred or installment payments, contributions in memory or in honor of someone, or questions, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some background: Since 2003 First Presbyterian Church of Howard County has maintained a partnership with the Unión Maya Quiché Boca Costa Presbytery, composed of indigenous Mayan Guatemalans. After experimenting with various programs suggested for such partnerships, we realized that we both placed a high value on education. And we could do something about the insurmountable cost barrier they faced for the upper grades. Individual members of First Presbyterian would volunteer to pay the costs of middle and high school for a limited number of students. The students are selected by the sessions of their churches. Their Presbytery Executive Committee administers the program. Every year they present our Guatemala Mission Committee with documentation of enrollment, tuition and other payments, and grade cards. Every aspect of our partnership is based on the principles of honesty, transparency and accountability.
– The Guatemala Partnership Team