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CASS Scholarships for Study at Mt. Hood Community College
Seven students from Honduras have been studying during the past year at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. The students, who are members of the Cooperative Association of Scholarship for States (CASS), include Brenda Gabarrete, Neftaly Carcia, Nery Guardado, Gerzon Omar Bautista, Pedro Lidio Fernandez, Olvin Vasquez, and Marcia Velazques.

Cuba to Offer 62 Scholarships to Honduran Students
The Government of Cuba will offer 40 scholarships to Hondurans to study medicine at the University of Havana. Another 22 scholarships will be provided to Hondurans interested in studying engineering, languages, jurisprudence, and biology in Cuba.

UNICEF Volunteers Committee to Offer Academic Scholarships
The Volunteers Committee of UNICEF will offer full and partial scholarships for primary and secondary school education, as well as technical careers, to students of low economic means. The
Estudie Gratis scholarship program will be sponsored by several institutions, including the Instituto Tecnologico de Latinoamerica, Instituto San Pedro, Escuela e Instituto Brassavola, Instituto de Locucion Primero de Diciembre, Jardin de Niños Jean Peaget, and others. Miriam Hidalgo de Rosenthal oversees the Volunteers Committee.

Cuba Awards 70 Scholarships to Study Medicine
Another 70 Honduran students received five-year scholarships to study medicine in Cuba. Each of the scholarships is worth approximately $65,000. This third wave of students will join 502 fellow Hondurans already enrolled in the Latin American School of Medical Sciences in Havana. The students come from poor families in different departments of Honduras. None of them are over 25 years of age.

posted Jan 30, 2002
Mexico Offers Post-Graduate Study Scholarships
The Embassy of Mexico in Honduras announced that the Government of Mexico is offering post-graduate study scholarships for Honduran students who would like to attend universities in Mexico. Applications must be submitted by July 1, 2002. For more information about this program, please see http://becas.sre.gob.mxor e-mail becas@sre.gob.mx or infobecas@sre.gob.mx.

Taiwan Offers 25 Study Scholarships
The Government of Taiwan is offering 25 scholarships to Honduran students insterested in studying in Taiwan. Fields of study would include mechanics, electrical engineering, electronics, civil engineering, design, and sewing. Candidates should be high school or college graduates between 20 to 40 years of age, with fluency in either English or Chinese. All scholarships would cover the cost of study, travel, and room and board. The Government of Taiwan would also provide seed money to each student, upon completion of their studies, to help start up his/her own business. The agreement to offer the program, designed to encourage entrepreneurship in Honduras, was signed by the Taiwanese ambassador to Honduras, Chang Ching-Ying, and representatives of Honduras' Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Oscar Kaffati; the Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (COHEP), Juliette Handal; the Asociacion Nacional de Industriales (ANDI), Felipe Peraza; and the Federacion de Cámaras de Comercio e Industrias de Honduras (FEDECAMARA), Jose Danilo Romero.

Taiwan Awards Five Study Scholarships
The Government of Taiwan selected five Honduran students to receive scholarships to study Chinese in Taiwan for one year. The scholarships would cover the cost of tuition, roundtrip airline tickets, and a monthly living allowance of $600. The students include Samuel Norales, Rafael Leiva Valladares, Letty Suyapa Trejo, Mirja Eng, and Karla Johana Padilla.

Students Receive Fulbright Scholarhips
Seven Honduran students received Fulbright scholarships this year, including Rosalie Dickerman, Danilo Fajardo, Jorge Ramos, Valerie Paredes, Gabriela Paz, Carlos Sánchez, Rigoberto Merino, Fredy Cardona, Carla Reyes, Maximinio Rodriguez, and Luis Zeron. The scholarships are for one- or two-year Masters programs in areas such as business, archaeology, civil engineering, achitecture, agribusiness, and computer sciences. Last year, six Honduran students were selected as Fulbright scholars. Jose Rafel Rivera went to study law at the University of Chicago; Zenio Pagán, business administration at Western Illinois University; Lucia Duron Lopez, law at Georgetown; Roque Barrientos, agricultural economy at Purdue; Rene Serrano, environmental planning at Arizona State; and Chantal Hasbun, elementary education at Ball State.

US Embassy Accepting Applications for Fulbright Scholarships
The US Embassy in Honduras announced that it is accepting applications from Hondurans interested in Fulbright, Fulbright-Laspau, and Hubert Humphrey scholarships. The scholarships would be for Masters studies. Applicants should be fluent in English and have an academic average of 80% and two years of work experience (2-3 years for those who have studied in the US. There will be an emphasis on the social sciences as an area of study. The deadline for applications is May 30th. The careers of medicine, orthodontics, chemisty, and pharmacy are not eligible. Professionals interested in the Fulbright-Laspau should be university professors, possess a good academic record, have a Bachelors degree, show proof of employment at their university, and be fluent in English. The deadline for applications is June 1st. Again, the careers of medicine, orthodontics, chemisty, and pharmacy are not eligible. For contact leads, go to Asociacion Fulbright de Honduras.

Taiwan Offers Study Scholarships
Taiwan's ambassador to Honduras, Ching Yeng Chan, announced a scholarships program for hundreds of Honduras who would like study in Taiwan. The scholarships would be either for advanced studies and professional training or simply to learn the Mandarin language. The duration of the scholarships would vary from 1-3 months to a year or more. In some cases, students would receive at least $700 a month. Interested applicants should inquire with Honduras' Ministry of Education or Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

IIE Receives Grant Renewal from MaCarthur Foundation
The Institute of International Education's (IIE) Graduate Fellowships in the Social Sciences program recently received a three-year grant renewal from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The program, jointly funded by the Edward E. Ford Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and MacArthur, offers fellowships to Mexicans and Central Americans to pursue graduate study worldwide. Begun in 1990, the program has trained over 500 professionals in social science fields. Most remain active via an alumni listserv and newsletter. Recruitment and selection of fellows are handled by Alan Adelman and Maria Teresa San Roman of IIE's Mexico City office, which also handles alumni affairs. Fellowship administration is handled by Dan Heyduk, Patricia Link and Sandra Cervera of the Scholarship and Training Division at IIE/NY.

Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Awards Trade Study Scholarship
As part of its International Service program, directed by Benny Moore, the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman will be working with the National Institute of Professional Training to award a 2-year scholarship to study a trade, such as electronics or automotive mechanics that will allow students to break out of poverty. This is a joint project with the Rotary Club of La Ceiba. The project's chair is Buddy Wood.

Higher Education Partners for Development
The Higher Education Partners for Development in Honduras is a project to develop a long-term collaborative linkage among Purdue University, Cornell University and the Panamerican School of Agriculture (Zamorano) in Honduras. The goal is to develop working groups of faculty focused on the important issues of development in Honduras. The partnership will sustain their long-term relationships by securing funding for projects that capitalize on their own professional interests. Funding by AID/ ALO will provide the resources to initiate these working groups so that they may address the critical development issues facing Honduras. The rationale of the partnership is to meet critical development needs in Honduras and elsewhere in Latin America by: (1) Stimulating economic entrepreneurship; (2) Increasing productivity in sustainable agricultural and natural resource systems; (3) Strengthening community-based development through education effort; and (4) Building human resources through higher education.


Cornell-Zamorano Joint MPS/Tropical Agriculture
Under a joint program between Cornell University and the Escuela Agricola Panamericana (EAP) at Zamorano in Honduras, an MPS degree is offered in tropical agriculture. The first two semesters of this program (August through May) are spent in residence at Cornell, and then two months are spent engaged in intensive courses at EAP to prepare for an internship. Students are located in a situation where they will work with a private agribusiness, or with a government or nongovernment agency for about six months. After completing their internships, the students return to Zamorano to complete and defend a thesis based on the internship project. More information about this joint program is available at an on-line brochure. Also in conjunction with EAP, an annual award is made from the G. Burke Wright Fund, which enables a student or faculty member from Cornell or EAP to visit the other institution, strengthening links between the two. In addition, Cornell and EAP have received a grant from USAID under its University Development Linkages Project to support more interaction and synergy between the two institutions through 1998.

Walton International Scholarship Program
The Walton International Scholarship Program at John Brown University, Harding University and the University of the Ozarks is provided by the Walton family of Bentonville, Arkansas. In the hope of promoting peace, prosperity and goodwill throughout Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and Mexico, the Waltons provide 60 full scholarships each year for undergraduate study to Central American students. The scholarship provides full financial support for each student. This financial support includes tuition, fees, room, board, personal spending allowance and travel. Students are provided rooms on campus housing and are provided meals in the school cafeteria. Cynthia Salgado of Honduras received her four-year scholarship in 1996.

Georgia Rotary Student Program Sponsors Scholarship at University of Georgia
The Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa is sponsoring a one-year scholarship, offered by the Georgia Rotary Student Program, Inc., for study on the university level in the state of Georgia during the 2000-2001 academic year. The grant covers all scholastic costs including tuition, books, college provided room, food, and gives $125 three times during the year to cover incidental expenses. However, it does not cover travel or medical insurance. Students in all fields of study are eligible except medicine and dentistry. Applicants must be between 18 and 24 on September 1, 1999, single, and an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants who have previously studied in the US for more than four months are not eligible. Moreover, students must have a 90% GPA and need high scores on the SAT, TOEFL, GRE or GMAT exams. The deadline for application is October 1. For more information, contact Silvia Reyes at tel. 221-4060.

Bemposta Sponsors 100 Children to Study in Spain
One hundred Honduran children who were victims of Hurricane Mitch will travel to study in Spain. The children, ages 10 to 14, will have all their expenses paid by the non-governmental organization Bemposta of Orense, Spain. The first group of 40 children will leave Honduras in September. Caritas of Honduras maintains a working relationship with Bemposta.

Spain Offers Scholarships for Advanced Studies
The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) announced its scholarships program for 2000-2001. The program is aimed at graduate students and professionals in Honduras. It would provide scholarships for advanced studies in Spain. Applications should be submitted by March 31, 2000 at the Embassy of Spain in the Matamoros neighborhood of Tegucigalpa or at AECI in the Palmira neighborhood of the city. 

Honduras Peace Scholarship Project I/II

The US Agency for International Development-funded Honduras Peace Scholarship (HOPS) I and II Project was designed to address the human resource needs of Honduras to implement programs and policies for the nation's social, political and economic development. The project recruited principally socially and economically disadvantaged leaders from less developed areas of the country. In Phase I (1986-93), the Academy for Educational Development (AED) prepared, placed and monitored 415 students in associate, bachelor's and master's level academic programs throughout the United States; an additional 240 short-term trainees received technical training in fields such as primary education, watershed management, nutrition, municipal development and small/micro-enterprise management. In Phase II of the Project (1992-96), the Academy placed and monitored an additional 65 students in primarily master's level programs, and trained 178 short-term trainees in fields ranging from banking to vocational-technical education and labor economics/workforce training. An active alumni association in Honduras has created a network among returned trainees that allows them to continue sharing ideas and supporting each other. 

United World Colleges Provides Scholarships

United World Colleges
announced the inclusion of Honduras in its scholarships program. The program involves "groups of young people, mostly aged 16 to 19, representing more than 100 national and ethnic cultures, living and studying together for two years on a residential campus, getting to know and to better understand their differences and similarities". The announcement was made by the organization’s representative for Latin America, Pedro Stoyle. In the past 35 years, United World Colleges program has graduated 20,000 students from 160 countries with international bachelor’s degrees from 650 universities in 80 countries. This year, two students from Honduras will be selected for the program by a Honduran national committee... for study in Venezuela and Hong Kong. Plans call for awarding another 20 scholarships to Honduran students during the next two years for study in countries such as Canada, the US, Great Britain, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, India, and Singapore. Each scholarship covers the cost of lodging, food, and supplies.

Texaco Exploration Awards Scholarship
In 1993, Gerardo Bueso, environmental science student from Honduras, received a scholarship from Texaco Exploration, Inc. in Honduras with an overall grade point average of about 3.4. Bueso was accepted to Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1994, he was granted the Joseph W. Freeland International Scholarship from LSU's College of Agriculture.

University of Wisconsin Vega Scholarship Awarded
Five students from South America have received Milwaukee Foundation-Victor Vega Educational Scholarships. The grant, established by Victor Vega, a former Milwaukeean originally from Peru, helps students from South America at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Students who received the $1,667 awards, given on the basis of financial need and academic achievement, are: Carlos Azcorra-Valdez (Mexico), a graduate student in civil engineering; Diego Caceres (Peru), a sophomore in engineering; Leticia Gonzalez (Venezuela), a junior in political science; Leon Chang Shik (Venezuela), a junior in geography and Spanish; and Abril Martinez (Honduras), who is completing a teaching certificate in French and Spanish. The awards were announced by the Office of International Studies and Programs.


Rodger Harrison and Paramedics for Children in Copán Ruinas provide emergency medical services (EMS) via donated ambulances to people in the surrounding mountains.

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