In addition to helping international students and professionals gain educational experiences, Sustainable Bolivia has developed a scholarship program to assist Bolivian students with their higher education studies:
Unfortunately many gifted and ambitious Bolivian students do not have the opportunity to attend university as it is financially unattainable. Young men and women are often forced to enter the workforce at a very young age, and are thereby unable to realize their full academic and professional potential. This situation leads to a cycle where individuals with limited resources are never able to pursue higher education and must accept lower paying jobs. In an effort to help break this cycle, Sustainable Bolivia has developed a scholarship program aimed at supporting low-income students who demonstrate a potential for future success.
The first scholarship recipient was a Sustainable Bolivia employee, Lidia, who was originally hired in 2007 to help maintain SB’s volunteer house. Lidia quickly proved herself to be extremely intelligent and hard working; however due to financial and familial obligations, SB staff learned that she was unable to continue her studies. Through fundraising efforts initiated by our lawyer at the time, Kimi Jackson, we raised over $9,000 enabling Lidia to continue her studies while also helping to support her family. Lidia has already completed 4 ½ years of a five-year nursing school program with excellent marks.
As of January, 2010, Sustainable Bolivia initiated a new scholarship program called the ‘Don and Jackie Taylor Scholarship Fund’. The aim of the program is to benefit vulnerable young people from low-income backgrounds who attend several of our partner organizations’ centers. In a little over two years Sustainable Bolivia has raised over $35,000 to support a total of 13 students. With a pledge of support for an additional $30,000 spread out over 4 years from the Rotary Club Munich Flughafen, the scholarship program continues to expand and help deserving students.
We hope to raise much more over the coming years through both public and private donations. Our aim is to provide long-term and long-lasting support to young adults from impoverished backgrounds for many years to come. If interested in making a donation please visit our donation page or contact us online.