2017-2018 Scholarship Program Update

Friends of Barron is pleased to present to 2017-2018 Scholarship Candidates. We received a total of eight new applications for University Scholarships and each was outstanding. These kids have already been accepted into their Universities and are attending Fall classes. The cost to support one kid per year in University is $700 USD. We already have commitments from five sponsors to fund the continuing education of their high school students, but we need three more. You might notice that Friends of Barron is no longer offering new high school scholarships. This is because the new school that we helped build, with the support of the EDM Charity Golf Tournament, the Sinaloa Government and others, is now educating 40 Barron high school students.

Total scholarships:  30 (12 prep, 18 university)
New scholarships:   8 (0 prep, 8 university, these are included in the total)
Total cost per year:  $18,000 USD
Total cash collected or committed so far:  $14,650
New sponsors needed:  3 University scholarships

Here are the University Students who Need Scholarships:

  • Jose SanchezJose Carlos –   Age 20   – You might have seen him working at La Tienda de Chula’s Store in Barron. He’s the one with the big smile and with pretty good English. He was a FOB scholarship student during Prep School, but decided to postpone his University entrance for a year so he could work.  He spent a year working in the fields around Barron and quickly decided that he needed a higher education if he was going to be able to get a good job. In 2017, he entered the University of Sinaloa as a student pursuing a degree in Public Accounting. He works 35 hours a week during school and 80 hours a week during vacation to help pay for his education. He is a sports enthusiast and for this community project (it is a requirement for Scholarship students to propose and implement a community project) he sees sporting events as a way to involve Barron’s youth and help keep them away from the usual problems of alcohol and drugs. He is an “A” student.

 

  • Ana IrisAna Iris –   Age 18  – Ana is enrolled in the Instituto Technologico de Mazatlan studying to become a Biochemical Engineer. With this degree, she hopes to work in Nutrition for big food producing companies like Pinsa or Bimbo. In her spare time, she likes to participate in traditional folkloric dances. For her community project, she wants to help obese people understand their nutritional issues and the need for exercise. She sees the need in Barron for a local gymnasium. Her ultimate goal is to study abroad and learn English. During school, she plans to work 24 hours a week and 48 hours per week during vacations with the goal of contributing $4000 pesos a month towards her own education.

 

  • Jose ZambranoJose Francisco –  Age 19  – Jose is enrolled in the Polytechnic University of Sinaloa studying to become an Engineer of Animation and Visual Effects. During the week, he works 24 hours a week in a hotel and in a cyber cafe and contributes half of his monthly earnings to his college education. In Barron, he volunteers helping younger kids participate in the arts and in sports. He hopes to set up sports tournaments and works at finding uniforms and equipment for kids to use while participating in these tournaments.

If you would like to sponsor one of these worthy students, please contact Dick McGuire (richardmcg@aol.com) or Dale Lyster (dlyster@shaw.ca).

Thank you!

Four Students Still Need Sponsors

The school year is half over and Friends of Barron still needs to locate a few more sponsors to keep these kids in school.  We have been covering their expenses so far this year out of the General Fund, but we really need to free up some more money to finish the high school.

Please see if you can find it in your hearts to spare a few dollars that allow these kids to continue their education.  Thank you!


img_0140Nataly is fifteen years old and began her first year of high school in August. In her free time, she likes to play soccer. but for now, she has to get on the bus in Barron at 5:30 every morning and doesn’t get home from high school until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, leaving little time for sport.” I’ve always been interested in education, particularly education of young children. And so my goal is to become an elementary school teacher. I see the teaching profession as a good way for me to help the society I live in.”

Nataly was a “A” student throughout middle school in Barron. For her proposed community project she expresses dissatisfaction withe the condition of the streets in Barron she would happily volunteer 10 hours a week to help set up trash collection and recycling program so people don’t throw trash in the streets.


img_0143Marco graduated from the Barron middle school in June with a “B+” average. He likes to play baseball and soccer in his spare time. His dream is to become a veterinarian because he loves animals. In his essay, he says he needs a scholarship because, unfortunately, his parents just don’t have the money to send him to school. “For my parents, it’s hard enough to get the money together to live day to day, even though my father works hard, seven days a week and sometimes at night in the fields. My mother is a housewife.”

“My ultimate goal would be to open a veterinary clinic in Barron and take care of displaced animals and animals that don’t have a home. I know that my economic conditions at this time are not very favorable and I’m not sure how I am going to pursue this career. But I am hopeful that I can be successful.”


img_0146Antonia is seventeen years old and is in her second year of high school at the COBAIS in Isla Piedra where she maintains a “B+” grade average. He favorite pastimes are reading and writing and she also enjoys playing soccer. Her goal is to enter University and pursue a career in criminology with a minor in English.

For her community project, she thinks cleaning the place up is a key step toward attracting tourism. She say, “there are many very beautiful places in my community like the river, like the agricultural fields, but they appear spoiled because of trash.”

 


fullsizeoutput_2fedAlondra likes to read and attends high school in Mazatlan. She is a junior this year. She had a sponsor for her sophomore year but that sponsor has since dropped out of the program. She was a straight “A” student when she graduated from 8th grade two years ago. She is the oldest child with three younger brothers, one of whom requires special education, traveling to Mazatlan to receive special care. Her family can no longer afford the bus fare and Alondra is afraid the same thing will happen to her, preventing her from continuing her education. She is very interested in medicine and would like to be a nurse or a psychologist

 

2016-17 Scholarship Students

Our scholarship program is now in its seventh year. Since 2009 we have averaged thirty students per year under scholarship. The program started to support Barron kids who wanted to attend high school in Mazatlan, an expensive proposition when you consider the cost of transportation, uniforms, books and tuition (the Mexican government only provides free education through grade 9). Our program covers about half of these costs, the parents cover the rest. To date over 40 of our scholarship students have graduated high school and many have gone on to university.
FOB now offers university scholarships to those who graduate high school in our program. As of today we have 12 university and 19 high school students under scholarship. Of these 31 students, 22 have sponsors whose generous financial support has provided unimagined opportunities for these worthy students.
Presented on the fobnews.org website are the photos and profiles of the eight 2016 scholarship winners. All are in need of sponsors. Have a look and if you think you would like to get involved in the program contact Dale Lyster (phase 1 condo 117 or dlyster@shaw.ca) or Dick McGuire (phase 1 condo 106 or richardmcg@aol.com). Thanks for your interest and continuing support.


 


img_0143Jesus Ernesto is fifteen years old and is a freshman at the Unidad Academica in Mazatlan. He enjoys soccer, reading and listening to music. His mother is a single parent since his birth because when his father learned that his mother was pregnant with him, “he didn’t want to have anything more to do with us.  And he left us like we were some simple leaf in the wind. On the other hand, my mother works day and night to keep our household together.  She runs a little seafood restaurant.  My mother has worked hard. My dream is to become a lawyer because I want to be able to help people.”

He was asked in his application to propose a project for his community of Barron. And he says “the trash in and around the Presidio River over in Barron is ugly and needs to be cleaned up. I would be willing to volunteer my time and effort to work on this project twelve hours a week.”


img_0140Nataly is fifteen years old and began her first year of high school in August. In her free time, she likes to play soccer. but for now, she has to get on the bus in Barron at 5:30 every morning and doesn’t get home from high school until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, leaving little time for sport.” I’ve always been interested in education, particularly education of young children. And so my goal is to become an elementary school teacher. I see the teaching profession as a good way for me to help the society I live in.”

Nataly was a “A” student throughout middle school in Barron. For her proposed community project she expresses dissatisfaction withe the condition of the streets in Barron she would happily volunteer 10 hours a week to help set up trash collection and recycling program so people don’t throw trash in the streets.


img_0142April is sixteen years old and is in her second year of high school in Mazatlan where she has has maintained an “A” average through her first year. She graduated from the Barron middle school in 2015 with an “A+” average. April likes to participate in ecological activities in her community and she is a volunteer at the Mazatlan aquarium where she guides kids from Barron, and other outlying communities, visiting the aquarium on tours.

She would like to continue her studies beyond high school and attend a university majoring in industrial engineering, with a minor in foreign languages. Her community project for Barron would consist of improvements to the environmental condition of the community, especially cleaning up trash. She would like to approach this first by giving seminars to local residents as to how they could recycle and keep their community clean. She thinks that if Barron was cleaned up, especially along the river, it would attract tourists that want to kayak on the river, do boat trips, horseback ride, birdwatch, etc.


img_0139 Marco graduated from the Barron middle school in June with a “B+” average. He likes to play baseball and soccer in his spare time. His dream is to become a veterinarian because he loves animals. In his essay, he says he needs a scholarship because, unfortunately, his parents just don’t have the money to send him to school. “For my parents, it’s hard enough to get the money together to live day to day, even though my father works hard, seven days a week and sometimes at night in the fields. My mother is a housewife.”

“My ultimate goal would be to open a veterinary clinic in Barron and take care of displaced animals and animals that don’t have a home. I know that my economic conditions at this time are not very favorable and I’m not sure how I am going to pursue this career. But I am hopeful that I can be successful.”

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Fatima is in her first year at the Ruben Jaramillo high school in Mazatlan. She is fifteen years old and her favorite pastime is dancing. She attends classes in Barron to learn how to dance at the comisariado. She graduated the Barron middle school in June with a “A+” average. She says in her essay, “from the time I was a little, I have always liked learning new things and I especially like getting to know people and having them confide in me their feelings, what makes them happy, what makes them sad. My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in tourism. But for that, I know that I have to learn English and I will study very hard to learn that language.”

For her community project, she mentions that the way people throw trash upsets her, especially in and around the river.  She proposes to do small clean-up campaigns and to organize small groups of people that can help with these campaigns.  She sees the need to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans.  “Right now we don’t have any means to do that. The Barron Plaza needs a lot of maintenance work and the trees need to be taken care of.” She proposes two hours a day “between my studies and my dance classes.”


img_0145Miriam is fifteen years old and she loves music. She plays the guitar and she loves to listen to all different kinds of music.  She graduated from the Barron middle school in June with an “A” average. Her goal is to become a veterinarian because she likes animals and wants to be able to cure them of whatever illness they have. “I really want to continue my studies but my parents can’t help me very much economically. My parents have to struggle to find sufficient money for my school needs. My father works hard but the money that he makes is barely enough for my family to eat and clothe itself.  There is not much left over for my schooling. And in order to help them out and make money for my schooling, I work every Sunday for five hours. I don’t make very much, but at least it’s something.”

For her project, Miriam says, “when I go out for a walk around my community, the various types of economic, social and environmental problems that the community is facing are obvious. I would like to do my best to help reduce these problems. I can see that the environment is contaminated and I propose a program to begin to clean it up. I plan to do this by organizing people and talking to them about not throwing so much trash, and especially not to burn garbage because it contaminates the air. This project would improve our quality of life by not having so much contamination in our environment.”


img_0146Antonia is seventeen years old and is in her second year of high school at the COBAIS in Isla Piedra where she maintains a “B+” grade average. He favorite pastimes are reading and writing and she also enjoys playing soccer. Her goal is to enter University and pursue a career in criminology with a minor in English.

For her community project, she thinks cleaning the place up is a key step toward attracting tourism. She say, “there are many very beautiful places in my community like the river, like the agricultural fields, but they appear spoiled because of trash.”

 


The Friends of Barron Scholarship program is designed to supplement the cost of going to high school for the kids of rural Barron, Sinaloa, Mexico. Because of the remoteness of the little town, the costs associated with taking the daily  bus to and from school doubles the overall cost. This puts high school out of reach for many of these kids.

These candidates have been selected from the graduating class of Barron middle school on the basis of their scholarship, their personal essay and their proposed community projects.  Friends of Barron will make sure that those candidates who are able to secure a sponsor maintain at least a “B” average at their chosen high school and that they follow through with their proposed project. Scholarship monies are portioned out at the end of each grading period, based upon official school transcripts.

Your donation of $600 USD (that’s less than $20 a week), will send these kids to school where they will have a chance to pursue their dreams. Please reply to this post or contact Dick McGuire (richardmcg@aol.com) if you can help.

Thank you.


 

 

Sponsors Needed

The Friends of Barron scholarship program is entering its sixth year. Since its inception in 2010, the program has awarded 57 high school scholarships and 10 University scholarships.  To date, 33 of our scholarship students have graduated from high school and of those, 42% have gone on to University. Over the years, most of our scholarship students have been directly sponsored by individual donors. Fifteen sponsors are currently active in the program. Despite the success of our sponsorship program, we still need sponsors.  The annual cost of a scholarship for the 2015 -2016 school year is $600 USD for all students who commute from Barron. University scholarships vary with the cost of the chosen curriculum, anywhere from $700 USD to $1200 USD per academic year. The money is awarded to the students only after they submit their quarterly report cards that reflect at least a “B” average. Students who do not achieve a “B” average go on probation. They out of the program if the average does not recover by the next grading period. Students need support until they graduate, normally a three year obligation, but that is not a mandate. No matter how much you contribute, you will be supporting qualified, motivated students in their quest to better themselves and their community. Make your payment to FOB CANAM AC please send a check made out to “FOB CANAM AC” (it has to be exact) to either Dale Lyster (Condo 1117) or Dick McGuire (Condo 1105/1106). In return, you gain contact and perhaps friendship with a local family. Or just donate!

For the current academic year, we still have six high school kids who lack a sponsor. 

Alondra – Sponsored by Ken and Jan Clarence

Age 14

Alondra graduated the Barron middle school in June, 2015 with a “A” average. Based on her grades and the the quality of her essay, she was accepted into the scholarship program in August, 2015. Now fifteen, Alondra is currently enrolled in high school in Mazatlan.

In her essay she writes:

“I really need this scholarship because there are three kids in my family. I am the oldest. My family doesn’t have much money. My father is a day worker in the fields and my mother does not work because one of my sisters has special needs and my mother has to care for her. She used to attend a special education school in Mazatlan, but for lack of money, she has to stay home. I have big dreams to be a school teacher and maybe even through my education to get a doctor’s degree. I am not certain what I want to study but nursing and psychology are high on my list.

Rodolfo – Sponsored by Bill and Jayne Jackson

Age 14

Adolfo graduated in June with an “B+” average. He now attends high school in Mazatlan.

In his five-page essay he writes:

If FOB offers me this scholarship, it would be my only opportunity to continue my studies and ultimately meet my objectives. There are five kids in my family. I have two little brothers; one that is 1 yr old and another that is two. We are a family that lives day-to-day. My father does not have a salary. We get by on the little bit of money that my father makes. It makes me really sad because many times there is not sufficient money to pay the basic costs of living. My father has a really hard time supporting the family. And for these reasons I see the importance of education for myself because someday I want to get ahead. I’ve never had the opportunity to receive any kind of help with my studies. And if you award me this scholarship, I promise I will not fail. Ultimately I would like to enter University and become a Naval Engineer.

Jesus Abraham – Sponsored by Glenn Long & Bette Millar Long

Age 15

Jesus graduated with his class in June and now attends high school in Mazatlan. He likes to play baseball and he wants to become a veterinarian.

In his essay he writes:

 I’m a very responsible person. I have always made good grades in school. I know that going to high school in Mazatlan is going to be a big change for me. But I know I can do it. If you agree to award me this scholarship you have my word that I will work as hard as I can to maintain a good grade average. I, Jesus, promise you that I will finish high school and after high school I would like to pursue a professional career and at the same time, continue to play baseball because I am good at that sport. I want to be a veterinarian because I love animals. I’m disturbed by what I see as many animals face extinction because Humans don’t value the fauna. 

Rosalinda – Sponsored by Dave & Elaine Greiner

Age 15

Rosalinda graduated last June from Barron middle school with an “A” average. She was awarded a scholarship in October, 2015. She attends CONALEP in Mazatlan.

In her essay she writes:

My aspirations are to prepare myself to become what I really want to be. But first I know that I have to finish high school. And only after that can I pursue a University degree in Hospitality and Tourism. Having that degree I can then study to be what I’ve always wanted to be since I was a little girl. And that is, an international chef. I dream of traveling to Madrid, Spain and meeting Omar Pereney, one of the World’s great chefs. I want to also meet a great man, get married and have two sons. I realize that right now at my age, these are all just dreams, but I need to dream. 

 

All of these scholarships have been awarded on a provisional basis pending our ability to find sponsors for these four kids. All are maintaining a “B” or better average in high school. If we cannot find a sponsor by March, the kids will be dropped from the program. 

 

The following two students were awarded scholarships in August of 2014 and we have yet to find sponsors for them. Each is in her second year of high school and each is maintaining a “B” or better grade average.

Amiaramy – Sponsored by Sandy Vernon

Age 16

Amairamy likes to play football and volleyball and she wants to be a dentist so that “one day, I can help my parents and my community like FOB does.” She has a straight “A+” average.

In her essay, she writes:

The only way for me to succeed and achieve my objectives to to get a good education. I consider myself to be a kind, sensitive and responsible daughter, and I always try to be one of the best students. My family of five is poor. My parents are farmers and they both work hard when there is work. But they only finished primary school. I have a brother in the fifth grade and another brother in his third year of high school. And now with me in high school, this is a real financial strain on my family. So I really need this scholarship. 

 

Fatima – Age 16 Needs a Sponsor!

Fatima graduated in June 2014 and was awarded a scholarship in August.  She is a straight ‘A” student coming out of middle school and has maintained high grades in high school. Fatima likes to play football, basketball and volleyball.  She is enrolled in high school in Villa Union.

In her essay she writes;

I want my parents to be proud of me so I can be proud of myself. This scholarship will allow me to finish high school. And with my ability to get good grades, I think I will have a good chance to get into a good University because ultimately I want to become a teacher or a nurse. 

 

If you have any interest in sponsoring any one or more of these six students, please see Dick in 1105 or Dale in 1117, Estrella del Mar. High school scholarships are $600 USD (50% of total cost) for one academic year. The school years runs from August to June. For more details on the scholarship program, please visit.

2014 -2015 Scholarship Student Showcase

Seven new students have been selected to enter the FOB CANAM preparatory school scholarship program for the 2014-2015 school year. These students were selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the quality of their application form. In total, forty students are benefitting from FOB CANAM scholarships. Please click on the “Our Student Scholars” tab at the top of the page to review the status of these students as it has changed. The scholarship program has a few changes as well this academic year. Due to the strength of the US dollar vs the Mexican peso, the cost to support a Barron prep school student this academic year is $700 USD. That is less than $20 a week. For $20, you can enable a student to attend grades 10, 11 & 12 and graduate, many the first in their family to do so. Historically, a significant percentage of scholarship students who complete three years of prep school in our program continue on to University studies. Right now, all three of our University scholarship students from last academic year have successfully competed their first year of study and are still enrolled due to the continuing support of their sponsors. Seven additional University applications are being considered, four of whom are prep school scholarship recipient graduates. Depending upon support from people like you, scholarships will be awarded. Details of their applications will become available after the selection process is complete. The cost to sustain a University student varies from $700 to $1200 USD depending upon their curriculum, approximately 50% of the total cost of education. To be sure, FOB CANAM is the conduit through which those who feel a need to give back to disadvantaged neighbors can achieve their goal. Together, the students’ families and the EDM residents and friends are making a difference in the student’s lives. All for $20 a week. Please consider sponsoring one or more of these deserving kids. They are:

Carolina

Carolina

Carolina – Carolina is 15 years old and a resident of Mazatlan. She has an excellent academic record with an average of 9.43 and completed her last year of secondary school where she  studied Spanish, English, Math, Science, Technology, History, Civics, Education and Art. Her goal is to become proficient in English. Carolina is Aida Alvarado’s niece and has already found a sponsor in Rene Carlson. In her essay she writes, “I want my family to be proud and to benefit from the career that I have chosen in life and in the kind of work I will ultimately do. My ultimate goal is to help my family progress towards a secure future and to become an independent woman. I want to be able to live my life without having to depend on anyone else. My goal is to become an accountant and a good businesswoman. I’d like to have my own firm and be able to manage the finances of that firm.”

Naydelin

Naydelin

Naydelin – Naydelin is 14 years old and is a Barron resident. She loves to play soccer when she is not in class. She aspires to attend University and pursue her interest in psychology. The only thing preventing her attendance is finances. She is a 9.2 average student and finds her classes easy, with the exception of her English class. Her father works as a farmer and fisherman. Her mother is only able to find work a few months a year. Naydelin needs a sponsor to help her defray the costs of attending school.

 

Amairany

Amairany – Amairany is 15 years old and likes soccer and volleyball. She wants to be a dentist and aspires to one day help her parents and her community “like FOB does”. She has a perfect 10 GPA. In her essay Amairany writes that “the only way for me to succeed and achieve my objectives is to get a good education. I consider myself a kind, sensitive and responsible daughter. I always try to be one of the best students. My family of five is poor. My parents work as farmers but can only work when there is work. My parents only completed primary school. My brother is in 5th grade and another brother is in 3rd year prep school at UAS. This puts a real strain on the finances of the family.” With the burden of supporting her older brother at UAS, Amairany’s parents need help to send her to school also.

Luis Fernando

Luis Fernando

Luis Fernando – Luis Fernando is 15 and likes baseball, riding bicycles, listening to music with his family and helping out his grandmother. He has a GPA of 9.9, one of the highest of the group applying this year. He also has 2 older brothers. He is very close to his grandfather and works with him every day. He considers his grandfather his “true father” because his father left when Luis was 3 years old to live with another woman. He writes in his essay, “My examples in life are my grandparents. My mother has worked hard over the past 12 years to keep the family together. My mother and grandparents have instilled in me the importance of education from the beginning. I would like to become a computer science major in college.” The FOB scholarship would really help Luis to pay for his daily transportation costs into Mazatlan.

Briseida

Briseida

Briseida – Briseida lives in Barron and is 14 years old. Her grades are straight “10s” except for English (6) and Math (7). Her essay was very well written. Her parents have encouraged her from a young age to pursue her dreams. She likes to help people with their problems. In her essay she writes,”I am very proud of my parents because they have worked very hard so I can continue my studies. My parents work as farmers and many times don’t earn enough to pay for my schooling.” She has 2 brothers and wants to be a marine biologist because she loves the sea.

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Fatima

Fatima – Fatima is 14 years old, a Barron resident and a straight “A” student. She writes in her essay, “I am a very responsible person in almost everything I do. I am a good worker and I have been able to perform well in almost everything I have dedicated myself to, including my studies. I want to finish secondary school with good grades to make my parents and grandmother proud of me and so I can be proud of myself. If I get this scholarship, I promise to get good grades and to finish prep school. The problem with attending prep school in Mazatlan is that it’s a difficult proposition from an economic point of view, especially the daily transportation costs to and from Mazatlan. This scholarship will help greatly in relieving my family of some of the economic burden of continuing my studies, ” She would like to be a teacher or a nurse and to use her education to contribute to her community.

Jesus Idelphonso

Jesus Idelfonso

Jesus Idelfonso – Jesus is 15 years old and loves soccer. He has an “A” average after graduating from secondary school in Barron.  He will attend prep school at CETMAR, the prep school for marine related studies. In his essay he writes, “I am a very energetic and enthusiastic teenager. I do well in school and I want to continue my studies but my parents don’t have the resources to help me advance my studies. I want to go to University and become a professional in naval engineering so I can show my parents that I can make something of myself and make them proud. Thank god there are people like you, FOB, to help kids like me achieve my dreams. I think this is the best career for me. I’ll be able to find a decent job and help my parents and people who are less fortunate than me. I understand that in my chosen career, the studies are very difficult. But I don’t think anything is impossible. I think with my enthusiasm I can come out ahead in anything I want to do, achieve anything I want to achieve.”

Again, please also review the biographies of our older students by clicking on the “Our Student Scholars” tab at the top of the page. Most sponsors from last year have chosen to continue their support but a very few have not found it possible this year. Their students need new sponsors in order to continue in the program.

Sponsor-Student Picnic

Last Saturday, the EDM residents who have sponsored high school students who live in Barron got together for a picnic in the primary school courtyard. Three students’ mothers prepared delicious machaca, chicken & poblano tacos and fried fish with fresh fruit and beans & rice. Our scholarship donors were able to get to know their scholarship students and their families as they enjoyed lunch. Each exchanged email addresses to ensure continuation of personal correspondence into the future.

Ron & Jayne Rupe with Daniela.

Ron & Jayne Rupe with Daniela.

Ron & Joyce Pogue with Jorge and his grandfather.  Jorge is in high school.

Ron & Joyce Pogue with Jorge and his grandfather. Jorge is in high school.

Dale Lyster with his high school scholarship students Aldo and Cecelia.

Dale Lyster with his high school scholarship students Aldo and Cecelia.

Marcia Pratt and Kenia. Linda Raaseveld, a co-sponsor for Kenia, was unable to attend the picnic.

Marcia Pratt and Kenia. Linda Raaseveld, a co-sponsor, was unable to attend the picnic.

Rod & Terri Kaasa with their student Kassandra and her mother.

Rod & Terri Kaasa with their student Kassandra and her mother.

Dale Lyster, Ana Cruz Soliz with the mothers who did the cooking.

Dale Lyster, Ana Cruz Soliz with the mothers who did the cooking.

Cliff & Barb du Fresne with twins Treisy & Greisy, both high school scholarship students.

Cliff & Barb du Fresne with twins Treisy & Greisy, both high school scholarship students.

Dick & Kris with high school student Maria Guadalupe

Dick & Kris with high school student Maria Guadalupe

Teresita, a high school student adopted by Jim & Susan Baillon.

Teresita, a high school student adopted by Jim & Susan Baillon.

Iris, a second student sponsored by Jim & Susan Baillon.

Iris, a second student sponsored by Jim & Susan Baillon.

Dick & Kris McGure with university scholarship winner Kathia. Kathia is studying to be a chef.

Dick & Kris McGure with university scholarship winner Kathia. Kathia is studying to be a chef.

The 2013 Graduating Senior Class Speaks

Back in March, we asked our very first graduating class to update their original application essays so we could get a snapshot of how far they had come during the past three years. The response was not exactly what we had expected but, nonetheless, allows a peek into the teenaged psyche. What follows is the English translation of some of the essays that were submitted:

Kathia (sponsored by Tim & Nancy Muzyka)Katia

“Here is wishing you success in everything you do and blessings you and your family”

My name is Kathia Berenice G. I. This year I will finish my studies at the prep school Ruben Jaramillo and like most good students my age I want to continue studying and pursuing my dreams. The economic factor is the principle obstacle that I see in my dream to become a professional. With this letter, I would like to solicit from you a continuing scholarship so I can pursue higher education in the Universidad Autonomia de Sinaloa. I would like to pursue a professional degree in nutrition and chef school. I would like to become a high level professional chef and contribute to the development of food services using the latest technology in culinary science. I am very interested in understanding the food service industry on a regional, national and international level. Unfortunately, to pursue studies for this career is very expensive unless I can get in to some government school. My parents don’t have the economic resources necessary to help me pursue this dream. I have a sister who is already studying at the university and a brother who is in secondary school.

In truth, I really want to thank you for the help you have already given me for prep school but I would be forever thankful if you could help me with my university studies. I promise you that I will discharge my responsibilities favorably if you agree to help me. Its my feeling that intelligence does not only consist of knowledge but one’s ability to apply that knowledge in a practical way.

I will await your favorable response to this humble petition. Before I say goodbye I want to thank you again for the help you have given to me and the help that you have given to so many young people with this program.

Now that I have gotten to this point in life and I am about to finish prep school, it is with a lot of emotion and gratitude that I want to tell you how important my economic help has been and how it helped me continue my studies without interruption. For me and for my parents, if it wasn’t for this help that you have given me, I probably would not have been able to continue my studies.

Bianca (sponsored by Jim & Frances Barnes)Bianca

The reason I am contacting you now is that I hope you will continue to help me with this scholarship because I need it now more than ever because I want to continue studying for a career and it’s even more expensive. I want to continue my studies because I want to be somebody in life. Once I have graduated and have my career, I want to help my community with the knowledge that I have gained during my studies. I know my community needs a lot and seems to be stuck. There is no progress in this community and it seems to me that young people with new ideas can make things better here.

I believe that education is the best basis for life. It seems to me that a person that is not educated does not have much of a future, especially here, where the only thing you can do is work on a farm and the employers treat you very badly. On the other hand, the person who has an education and has a career has a much better future and better opportunities for work. My vision has always been to graduate with a career and not get diverted halfway through my education.

I want to study a business administration and graduate with a career in that subject. My biggest fear is that I get started on my career and my studies and I will not be able to finish because my parents don’t have the economic resources necessary to see me through my college education. For this reason, I hope you will continue your help with the scholarship so I can go forward with my studies. With nothing else to say, I want to thank you again for all the help you have given me and I hope that you will consider my petition for continued help with my studies.

With much love and respect. Thank you very, very much.

Bianca Sarahi C. A.

Guadalupe Cortez (sponsored by Bob & Julie Wallace)Guadalupe

Hello and thank you again for reading this petition. But in reality I want to start by saying that I don’t have sufficient words to thank you for all the help you have given me; not only with economic resources, but also with your friendship, your tolerance, your comprehension of my circumstances and I am thanking you this day for helping me progress with my studies in prep school because now I am ready to start my career at the university.

My name is Guadalupe Cortez A. and I am finishing my third and last year of prep school. I plan to study to become a professional biologist with emphasis in ecology and environment and biological resources and experimental biology. In order to pursue this course of study, I’ll have to leave Mazatlan. I would like to study at the Universidad Automonia de Sinaloa in Culiacan because they are well established in this field. In my first essay three years ago, I said that I wanted to study business administration. But after three years in prep school, I changed my mind 360 degrees, and this new turn has given me new perspectives.

I am sending you this petition because I don’t have the economic resources necessary to pursue this career because my parents are not in a good economic situation. My parents work in the fields and for them it is very hard to educate my brothers and me because there is more than one in school. Nevertheless, my parents give the best that they have because they don’t want the same future for us as they have for themselves. They go to work in the fields every day and each time there’s less and less work because the climate is changing and agriculture is not that productive in this area.

I am asking you for this opportunity because I really want to continue with my studies. I will be forever thankful to you if you give me this opportunity. Thank you for helping me and my friends.

Guadalupe Cortez A.

Alejandra Salazar O. (sponsored by Dale & Lynda Lyster)

Hello. I am Alejandra S. O. I am 17 yrs old and I study at the prep school COBAES 38 and I am in my third year. With this letter, I want t thank you very much for all the help you have given me with my studies. I know that as a student I will never be able to repay you for all you have done for me and my family. You have helped me with my future because I want to continue studying and pursue a career in nutrition. I hope to become a professional so I can help my family because they have given me so much support in my studies. It is my hope that I can continue to count on your support to help me pursue my dreams to enter the university and become a good nutritionist.

Thank you again so much for all you have done for us. You have been so good to care enough to help us. It’s a pleasure to write to you an a thank you for all you have done. Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Alejandra.

Aaron – (sponsored by Sonny Wong)Aaron

First of all, I want to thank you from my heart for the great help that you have given me during these past three years. Thank you for the scholarship, but better said, thanks to all you who are admirable people. I am about to finish my high school and for that I am very happy,

Once I graduate from high school, I would like to go onto the university and I need to ask you to continue to help me pursue my university studies. My parents do not have sufficient financial resources to send me to university and for that reason I hope you will be able to help me with another scholarship. And if you do, my promise to you will be that I will study hard and try to master all the subjects as I did in high school. If for some reason you cannot continue to help me I will be very content to have completed my high school education with the help that you have given me so far.

Finally, I want to reiterate my sincere thanks for the great help you have given me and I want to ask for your help to continue my studies in the future.

Aaron

Irelda- (sponsored by Keith Prosser)Irelda

Dear Mr Prosser,

First of all, I hope all is well with you. With this letter, I want to thank you for all the help you have given me during these three years. Without your help I never would have been able to finish prep school and now I am almost done with this phase of my education. These past three years, I have been enthusiastically pursuing my high school studies with the idea of entering the university to pursue a career in nursing. I wanted to become a nurse so I could help my community because here there’s not even a medical clinic and there is a lot of need.

But today I have the priority that blocks my pursuit of my dreams and I will not be able to continue my studies. So I will finish my studies with prep school and I will try to find a way to survive, looking for some kind of work because my mother is very difficult for her to continue to help me and my grades have been disappointing.

Nonetheless, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the help that you have given me and I want you to know that very soon I will reach my goal to graduate from prep school.

Thank you very much,

Irelda

The remaining essays are still being translated. Please check back soon to read them.

Scholarship Program

Friends of Barron is constantly growing and revising our methods. Our goal is to provide academically gifted students with an incentive to not only continue their education through high school, but to excel in their academic endeavors. After a year and a half of trying to help out these deserving kids, we have revised the program several times and recently we called a meeting of all scholarship students and their parents. Every one, with the exception of Janeth who had to work, attended the meeting. We were able to sit down and look these bright young people in the eye and see how they are doing, ask what problems they are having, gather needed data and generally come to a consensus agreement that we are on the right path. Portraits of these kids reveal their potential. Be sure to take a look at the Student Scholars page. There are 2011 and 2012 portraits of the original group of scholarship winners. See how they have matured. Study their smiles, their eyes. They proudly wear the uniforms of their various high schools. These kids are going to make something of themselves and they will be the ones to bring prosperity and development to their home town of Barron.