In December 2016, Waves of Hope was proud to see the first graduating class at the Waves of Hope high school in Manzanillo. To see these 15 students proudly walk up on stage and receive their graduation certificate was an incredible experience for all of us, which is why we wanted to continue their education support through a post secondary scholarship program. Each student who is going on to university in Nicaragua is receiving a $40 / month scholarship to help make post secondary education more accessible for those who are struggling to afford it. The scholarship helps to cover registration fees, materials and monthly tuition costs. Most of our students study once a week in private academic institutes. These are intensive programs held for 6 hours each Sunday. Courses include English, mathematics, agriculture, tourism administration, medicine, pharmaceuticals and computer administration.
The goal of the Waves of Hope scholarship program is to help create skill sets that will increase employment opportunities for our local community youth and young adults.
Each quarter our students meet with us to discuss their progress and any challenges they are facing. Full attendance and a minimum average of 75% are required to maintain scholarships.
English students are also required to attend our free community EFL classes and are also encouraged to come to Coco Loco Resort and practice their English with us and our guests. Recipients are also required to help out with our other various programs and initiatives including our literacy and tutoring programs.
Every August, our students also have the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Training course alongside students and faculty from Providence College in Rhode Island.
Each month our students visit us at Coco Loco to discuss their progress and any challenges they are facing. Recipients are also required to help out with our ongoing initiatives, including our literacy and tutoring programs.
So far we have 20 students from the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes receiving a scholarship, and we are proud to see them studying hard and realizing their dreams. We are actively working to find donors to help support future graduates that meet a grade criterion to be eligible for the Waves of Hope scholarship program.