University graduates are rare in our program villages. With the increased number in High School graduates coming out of our scholarship program, however, we are seeing much more interest.
Prior or existing Pura Vida students may apply to our university scholarship program each October. If they have been accepted to a university and their original sponsor is able to continue supporting them, they are automatically added to the program. If not, we add the most promising students to a pool of applicants and try to find sponsors before the end of the year. Applicants understand that a university scholarship is not guaranteed.
Degree time frames in Guatemala
Sponsors are asked to initially commit to a 3 year term, which is enough to earn a "Tecnico" degree. If a student displays enough interest and academic ability, sponsors may elect to continue support through advanced degrees. Each term would be a new commitment.
Applicants must take entrance exams in the July - November time frame, depending on the university. Once accepted, enrollment takes place from January 15th through February 15th. The academic year at the university level consists of 2 semesters:
In rural Guatemala university classes are held on weekends. Students use weekdays to both work at a job and study.