Scholarships for Girls
Mujeres en Cambio is a scholarship program for girls from rural Mexico who show promise for completing their educations. Most of their parents are illiterate. The girls are given scholarships for tuition and other funds, called beccas, to cover the other costs of the school year e.g. books, transportation, supplies ,uniforms, shoes. The program begins in 8th grade and continues through university.
The students must maintain an 85% average grade to remain in the program. At present, Mujeres en Cambio has 191 scholarship recipients. In 1995 when there were just 7 girls in the program. This year they have increased the number of 8th graders by 14 girls and the number of University students by 11 young women.
As better educated women they will be able to make important contributions to Mexico’s social, cultural and economic future.