Presenting the FOB 2020-2021 Scholarship Winners

Since 2009, FOB and sponsors have provided over 200 annual scholarships to deserving Barrón high school and university students. This year, we will award 31 university scholarships and of these, eight are new students in the program. We have 27 dedicated sponsors and now need four more. University scholarships are $700 USD per school year. The eight new students are profiled below and in a subsequent post. If you would like to sponsor one or more of these qualified scholarship winners, please contact Richard McGuire (, Dale Lyster ( or Margaret Perez (

Ana Isabel Sponsored by Rob & Jane Rupe

Ana is 17 years old and graduated in July from the new Barron high school with a 9.2 GPA. Since September, she is enrolled as a freshman in the University of Sinaloa Occidente, Mazatlán studying Psychology. She plans to work 16 hours/week as a waitress during school. Ana and her friends started a small charitable program in Barrón to distribute food to poor and elderly people and continues to help her community in this way. She was raised by her grandmother and plans to live at home in Barrón during University.

José Juan Sponsored by Joe Peters & Kelly Cosgrove

José graduated from Barrón’s new high school in July with a 9.5 GPA. Since September, he has been studying information technology and computer science at the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlán; this is a five year program. José is 18 years old and has worked during high school as a fisherman, day laborer, vegetable and fruit packer, and waiter. He plans to work 10 hours/week during the school year. José has a computer for his online classes but no internet access. He uses the neighbor’s internet for his studies.

Ana Gabriela Sponsored by John Davis

Ana is 21 years old and is in her fourth and last year studying psychology at the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlan. She maintains a 9.3 GPA even though she is married and raising a five-year old son. Her goal after graduation is to teach in public schools with a focus on kids with learning disabilities. Ana has a personal computer and internet at home to support her online classes.

Jesús Ernesto Sponsored by Mark and Susan Weigenent

Jesús is in his second year at the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlán, where he studies psychology and maintains a 9.3 GPA. He works weekends as a waiter during school and is able to contribute $1200 pesos per month toward his education. He is raised by his mother whose livelihood is selling seafood from their home in Barrón. Mom does not have the resources to assist with the cost of Jesus’s education so he has to work 20 hours per week to help make ends meet. He has a computer but no internet at home. He has to borrow internet connections from his neighbors to complete his online classes.

Vanessa Sponsored by Bonnie & Harrison Wreschner

Vanessa is in her second year of accounting at the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlán. This is a five year program. She plans to work 42 hours/week during the school year as a cook and waitress. She also does farm work during harvest season. Currently, she contributes $1200 pesos/month toward her education. Vanessa graduated in 2019 from the new Barrón high school. At university, she has maintained a 9.4 GPA through three semesters of study. Vanessa has a computer but no internet connection at home so she uses a neighbor’s connection.

Two Students Need Scholarship Support

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.

img_0146Antonia – Age 19 – Antonia is in her third 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.”

Please contact either Dale Lyster ( or Richard McGuire ( for more information. The cost is $550 USD per year.

Barron High School Expands

Due in part to FOB’s efforts to expand high school attendance in the town of Barron, the Mexican government has extended a program providing start-up aid to rural communities like Barron. Education past the eighth grade is not mandated by the government, so rural communities often lack the facilities to educate the graduating 13 year-olds, assuming they will turn immediately to field work, motherhood or other manual labor. In Barron, this is not so; not anymore.

Last year, the State authorities in Culiacan provided a principle, a few teachers and a space in which to educate them at the ninth grade level. With matching funds provided by the parents of Barron and FOB, the Sinaloa Department of Education then built a single room structure and called it a school. And now, due to efforts on the part of the school principal, Ana Cecelia, fundraising has begun to transform the dilapidated residence next door into a school annex. Thanks in part to the cash donation from the nearby Estrella del Mar resort, a result of their annual charity golf tournament, work began to convert a three room abandoned home into a place of learning.

Much progress has been made. Two more classrooms have been added in addition to an office for Ana Cecelia and a fully equipped computer laboratory. The classrooms still need to be finished, the roof must be tiled before the summer rains begin, an air conditioning system is almost a necessity during the fall semester and the security system must be updated. In all, about $15,000 USD needs to be raised to complete these tasks and provide the students of Barron a safe and reliable educational experience.

Because the 2017 eighth grade graduating class now has the option of attending a quality school without traveling into Mazatlan daily, the FOB high school scholarship program has been eliminated. Our current crop of scholarship students will continue to attend their current schools, although seven high schoolers and two university students will graduate this year, having maintained at least “B” average throughout their academic careers. Most maintain averages closer to “A+”. This leaves 24 high school and ten university students in the program for next year. Applications for additional university scholarships, five in all, will go out at the end of May. The completion of the Barron high school will allow Friends of Barron to concentrate on sending deserving young adults on to a university or vocational curriculum that will benefit themselves, their families and their community.

Obviously, funding for these programs is of prime necessity. Please visit our CrowdRise page and donate money to achieve this goal.

You Are Invited to a Picnic!

A social gathering to meet the Friends of Barron scholarship students will be held at the Barron Elementary School on Saturday, January 24 at 2 pm. This is an opportunity to mingle with the 27 scholarship students, their parents and the EDM residents involved with the program.

Lunch will be served and the gathering will last about 1.5 hours. Everyone is invited, both current sponsors and potential sponsors.

If you would like to know more about the scholarship program, check out or contact Dick McGuire in Condo 1105/06.

Update Scholarship Student Sponsorships

Of the 32 students currently on scholarship, all have now been sponsored. Thank you for your generosity. We expect to award at least 10 new high school scholarships and 4 university scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year and we will look for new sponsors to support these students. Check the website in September to acquaint yourself with the new scholarship winners.

University Scholarship Program

In addition to the ongoing FOB CANAM scholarship program to attend preparatory school, we have this year inaugurated a University Scholarship Program. Our goal is to have all of our scholarship students continue on to University. This is being accomplished in two ways; First, some sponsors from the previous years have elected to or are considering continuing their support. The second way is to award two additional scholarships to the university. The following application has been distributed to our graduating class. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask.
R.F.C.: FFO-120202-EK7

Scholarship Program to Attend University
2013-2014 School Year
Description and Program Instructions

Minimum value of each scholarship; $9,000 pesos for the 2013-2014 school Year. Two scholarships available,
Available funds for room & boars and transportation will be available for students attending universities outside of Mazatlan. Additional funding for transportation will be available for student attending universities in Mazatlan but who live outside the city.
The scholarship will be payable to the student. There will be 3 payments of $3000 pesos each; 15 Aug 2013, 15 Dec 2013 y 15 Mar 2014.
Continuation of the scholarships and payments during the school year will depend on attendance and grades of the student during the previous semester. Students have to maintain at least a grade point average of 8.0 and 90% attendance at class.
In order to receive the next scholarship payment, the student will have to present proof of attendance and grades to the scholarship program administrator.
Requirements and Selection of the Winners.
In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the candidate must have at least a grade point average of 8.0 and a 90% attendance record for the classes ending the last semester of preparatory school.
The candidate needs to be accepted and registered full-time at the university (not part-time). The candidate will have to present proof of acceptance from the university they will attend.
The applications are due 1 Jul 2013, mid day. The winners will be notified no later than 15 Jul, 2013.

Click here to review the Scholarship Application

Moving Forward

FOB CANAM is preparing to distribute applications for next year’s scholarship students. The 2013-2014 school year will see applicants from eligible students from EDM employee families who do not live in Barron as well as the Barron secondary school graduating class. Additionally, we will be offering University scholarships to some of our own graduating seniors who have been in the program for the past three years. This group will be submitting their exit essays next month; they have been asked to rewrite their original application essays so we can see how they have matured and expanded their horizons. We look forward to sharing these with you. Our fund raising efforts so far have met or exceeded our expectations and we look forward to the the continuing support of our extended EDM “family” as well as the most welcome and appreciated donation made by Estrella del Mar (Playa Construction) through its Charity Golf Tournament, staged last January here in paradise!

Back to School Time!

The 2012-2013 academic year has begun and our 35 scholarship recipients are busy studying, trying to maintain their grade point average so they might receive their stipend for the first semester. Qualified students will get MXN $2000 pesos on November 15 (the first of three payments) when they present their certified grades to our administrators. FOB CanAm is pleased to announce that we have expanded the scholarship recipient pool to include all EDM employees, both workers and administrators who do not live in Barron. In a special outreach, Kris McGuire spoke before the manager’s meeting in October to announce our expansion and explain the rules. EDM’s HR Administrator Tamara Fraire was our point-person to distribute and receive the completed applications. They were due November 1 and eight applications came in. Of those eight, all were qualified and have been accepted into the program.

Our total number of scholarship students stands at 35. Of those 35, eleven have been adopted by EDM residents and/or friends of EDM residents; eight by our friends and neighbors here and three by non-EDM owners. Please click on the “Adopt-A-Student” tab at the top of this page to review the incoming students and read their heartfelt essays. Twenty-four students still need your personal attention.

Scholarship Program Update

2010 – 2011 School Year Scholarship Winners (the original group)

In May of 2010, scholarships were awarded to 15 Barron secondary school graduates. The scholarships each amounted to $10,000 MN and were to provide support for these students to attend preparatory school in Mazatlan. Five payments of $2,000 MN each were to be made to the parents of these students at regular intervals throughout the school year. Students had to present acceptable grades and attendance records to receive payments. Of the original 15, two students were dropped from the program in November, 2010 for lack of adequate grades. At the end of 2010 – 2011 school year, six of the 13 students were selected, based on grades and attendance, to continue on the scholarship program for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Of the remaining seven students, four were dropped from the program; two had inadequate grades and two got married and dropped out of school. The last three students had C+ averages for the 2010 -2011 school year and were placed on probation for the first quarter of the 2011 -2012 school year. If they can bring their grades up to a B average by November, 2011, they will be retained in the program.

Scholarships for this group are worth $6,000 pesos MN, paid in three installments (Nov 15, 2011, Feb 15, 2012, and May 15, 2012). As always, the Scholarship Committee will approve each payment based upon grades and attendance records.

2011 – 2012 School Year Scholarship Winners

In May, 2011, the Scholarship Committee received 29 applications from Barron secondary school graduates. Eight students were selected for scholarships based on their grades, attendance records and the quality of their application and essay. The value, payment procedures and schedules for these scholarships are the same as for the original students, described above. All students from the original group were adopted by scholarship donors. The eight new scholarship winners are hoping for your continuing support. Please go to the Adopt-A-Student tab (at the top of the page) to review the biographical information for our new scholarship winners. Friends of Barron thanks you for your past support.