Telma María Loaisiga Martínez
My name is Telma and I am 16 years old. I am in my second year at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, where I am majoring in Marketing.
There are four people living in my home: myself, my mother, and my two sisters. My mother was only able to study through 6th grade. One of my sisters is 14 years old and in 9th grade, and the other is 8 years old and in 2nd grade. My father (who does not live with us) is a high school graduate and helps support us with $100 a month.
In order to reach my university, I have to walk 3km to reach the bus stop. The bus ride to the capital city of Managua is an hour, and then I have to board another bus which takes 40 minutes to reach my university.
I first received a scholarship from Seeds of Learning (SOL) when I started secondary school seven years ago. I have participated in several of the classes that SOL offers at their Learning Resource Center (LRC), including dance, flute, and basic computer skills. I have also been able to get help from a math tutor. In turn, I volunteer at the LRC and tutor younger students. Last year I also developed a Reading Club for youth, with a goal of encouraging other students to read more. It was a great experience and I learned a lot.
In my free time, I love to play sports and read. I have read approximately 150 books, and my favorite authors are Paulo Coehlo, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel García Márquez.
My long terms goals are to graduate from my university with honors and begin a career in marketing. I want to be able to help my family economically, and I also hope to be an inspiration to the youth from my community. Finally, I want to contribute to the development of my country.
The donors who support this scholarship program are helping to change the lives of many students like myself. I hope that you can continue to give us this opportunity to achieve a better education and develop our talents and skills.
Rolando de Jesús Angulo Matamoros
I am 13 years old and I live in the community of Las Delicias. I just began my first year of secondary school, which I am very excited about!
There are eight people in my family, and two of them work as farmers. I need this scholarship because I want to stay in school but my parents don’t have enough money to pay for my educational expenses.
Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to go to school. In the future I hope to have a professional career, because I want to be somebody in life and also help my family.
In my free time I volunteer at the Satellite Learning Resource Center in my home community of Las Delicias, where I help take care of the library. I also attend the Learning Resource Center in Ciudad Darío, where I take drawing and painting classes. Also, I am always very responsible with my homework and make sure to always turn everything in.
Thank you for your support. I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to be part of this scholarship program!
Yuris del Carmen Mendoza
I was part of Seeds of Learning’s Educational Advancement Program for 10 years. I was granted scholarships to attend high school and university. I graduated from the University of the North (UNN Matagalpa) with a degree in Public Accounting.
I am from the community of Las Jaguas, which is located 7 km from Ciudad Darío. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of studying hard and finishing high school and even university. I wanted to work in a profession that I would enjoy and that would help my family. When I finished high school I thought I would not be able to afford university. However, Seeds of Learning invited me to apply for a university scholarship, and I was accepted!
One of the requirements of the post-secondary scholarship program was to carry out a social service project for the benefit of the community. I had never done a project like this before, much less taken on such a big leadership role. I decided to assist the teacher at the elementary school of my home community, Las Jaguas. There was only one teacher who taught all six grades (almost 50 students) at once. It was very difficult for these children to obtain a good school education, and I wanted to help. I later created a reading center in the school, since the local children almost never had the chance to read stories and develop their imagination. It was a great project, and the children were delighted with my project and fell in love with reading.
I was hired by Seeds of Learning to manage the Research Area in the Learning Resource Center. This job is a blessing for me, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping students.
I thank all those who have contributed to my development and helped me to fulfill my goals. To our donors: thank you very much for helping to improve education in our country, and above all to help those many families that are in need. Thank you for helping Nicaraguan youth with a vision for the future, for giving deserving families a reason to smile. I wish you many blessings in your lives.