JustHope partners provide scholarships for children, youth, and college students from our partner communities. Three levels of scholarship support follow primary, secondary, and university students.
Primary School: $50 per year
Primary school (through 5th grade) is free in Nicaragua, but students need clothes and supplies. With $50, you provide a child with a backpack stuffed with a uniform (including a belt for boys), shoes and socks, and a notebook and pencil. The recipients are chosen by the community leaders based on family need; only one child per family can receive a scholarship until all families in need have been served. We buy all the supplies in early January so we need to have funds on hand by January 1.
Community leaders follow up with the primary age becados (scholarship recipients). If a child does not complete the school year, that family is not eligible for any of their children to receive a scholarship the following year.
Secondary/High School: $120 per year
Secondary school in Nicaragua is 6th through 11th grade. Your $120 helps a family with the cost of a uniform, school supplies, and transportation. With no school bus service, the cost to ride the public bus to school is about 40 cents each way - a significant sum for most families in Chacraseca, who live on $3 per day or less. The recipients are chosen by the community leaders based on family need; only one child per family can receive a scholarship until all families in need have been served. Students are chosen in early January so we need to have funds on hand by January 1.
High school becados are required to turn in their grades every other month to their community leader as proof they are attending classes, though there are no specific grade requirements.
College/University/Technical School: $1000 per year
Most university programs in Nicaragua are five years (including what would be the last year of high school in US). As in the United States, there are many higher education expenses that the $1000 scholarship provides for, such as:
- basic school supplies and books
- $200 for tutoring or special supplies, like a computer for engineering students or dental tools for dental students
- $100 is reserved each year to help the student to cover the $500-$800 most schools charge students to receive their diploma.
- transportation and living expenses - Most students travel from Chacraseca or La Flor to either León or Managua and stay during the week.
20 Women of Hope is one of JustHope's university scholarship programs where 10 women from the U.S. and 10 women from Nicaragua partner together to support one young woman to attend university.
We choose our university scholars for the February - November school year in early December so scholarship funds must be in by November 15. We also ask that university scholarship donors seriously consider pledging at least two years of support. It doesn't do the student any good to go one year and then be left without sufficient funds.
University students are followed and supported by JustHope's Nicaraguan staff by attending required bi-monthly meetings. They must turn in their grades every three months, and tutoring is provided if they fall below a 75% grade point average. Students whose grade point average remains under 75% for two consecutive quarters lose their scholarship. Scholarship students also perform at least 20 hours of community service each month.