KKIS began awarding high school scholarships in 2015 and university scholarships followed in 2016. Each year, we refine the process, but every year, it begins the same – with an assessment of how many students KKIS can afford. The size of the program is completely up to the donors who support it. Final decisions are made by June 1st, when donations for the upcoming school year are due.
There are 3 components to our assessment: Financial Need, Academic Strength and Individual Drive. For our High School Scholarship Program, we rely on public junior high and high school directors to provide the first level assessment of financial need. Students cumulative grade point average (GPA) is the gauge for academic strength. Contents of the students’ application provide more insight into financial need and the essay section is intended to highlight the students’ drive and potential.
All graduating KKIS Scholars are eligible to apply for University scholarships.
For the KKIS High School Scholarship Program, Directors recommend a pool of students numbering twice that of the scholarships that will be awarded. Introductory meetings are scheduled at each school so that the applicants can learn more about our Scholarship Program.
Fred Uriarte, KKIS Scholarship Program Director and Sara Navarro, KKIS Operations Manager, host the meetings, explaining how many scholarships will be awarded, how applications are assessed and why we believe staying in school is important. Applications are handed out and each section explained to the students.
Graduating KKIS scholars complete a similar application. Additionally, they interview with the KKIS Board & Managers.
Applications request information about the student and their family members as well as an essay about why they want to continue on to the next level of education. The 1-2 page essay, from which individual drive and potential is gauged, is considered. Every application is read by KKIS Board Members and Managers. A point system is used to rate each section of the application and that produces a final score. It takes about two weeks to assess all of the applications and one week to complete all interviews for university scholarships.
“We look for their ability to achieve high grades and that they have the drive to succeed in school and beyond”, Fred Uriarte, Scholarship Program Director.
KKIS has been sponsoring Esperanza Daniela, one of our University students since she was in High School. Fred explains, “We decided to give her a university scholarship based on her willingness to sacrifice to get an education. She would wake up at 3:30 in the morning to get ready so that she could catch a 4:30 bus to the center of town and then catch a bus to the school that started at 8:00 in the morning”.
Applications are ordered based on their score and Acceptance and Rejection letters are drafted. Sara Navarro meets again with the students to tell them how proud we are of all of them and asks them to wait until they get home to open the letters. For graduating seniors, those who are not awarded a scholarship are made aware of the university discounts available to them.
You can help us keep more kids in school!
Education is something that, once given, can never be taken away.
“We believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in Mexico and if enough kids are educated, then real change can happen in Mexico”, Fred Uriarte.
We are still looking for donors to sponsor high school and university students. The price is $600 per year for high school and $1,800 for a university scholarship.
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