Student Profiles

The population of Guatemala is over 14,000,000 and there are 22 departments (similar to states or provinces). 60% of the population is of Maya descent and there are 25 different languages

Juana is 21 years old and is Maya/Q´anjob´al. She graduated in 2013 as a primary school teacher and has been in the Foundations scholarship program since 10th grade. She studies and lives in the city of Quetzaltenango and is in her 1st year of Law. She will graduate in 2020. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Her father is a teacher and community leader. Juana says, "My goal is to graduate as an attorney and work towards justice for my people."

Paulino is 20 years old and is Maya/Kaqchikel and just joined the Foundations scholarship program this year. He graduated in 2014 with a degree Science and Letters. He studies and lives in Guatemala City and is in his 1st year of Physics. He will graduate in 2008. He has 2 brothers. He is the first to study at the university. His father is a day worker. Paulino says, "My goal is to graduate and continue my studies in Physics and become part of a science institution in Guatemala so I can help more young people to become interested in the sciences."

Silvia is 20 years old, Maya/Q´anjob´al and is in her 2nd year of International Relations. She lives and studies in Quetzaltenango. She has been in the Foundations program since 10th grade. She has 1 brother and 1 sister still living at home. Silvia says, "I would like to learn more about the history of my country and represent my Maya culture in Guatemala and in other countries."

Silverio is 21 years old and is Maya/Chalchiteco. He has been in the Foundations program since 10th grade and graduated as a Bilingual Intercultural primary school teacher in 2012. He is in his 2nd year of Business Administration He lives and studies in Quetzaltenango. He is the first in his family to study at the university and has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Silverio says, "When I graduate from the university I want to return to my small village and help them to export the produce from our area and be a good example for the rest of the young people in my community."

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