Five students receive full-scholarship
to study in the U.S. for a year
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Costa Rica U. S. Foundation for Cooperation, know as CRUSA, announced that five students from the National Scientific College System are beneficiaries of CRUSA-AFS scholarship program to study for one year in the United States.
The students who won the AFS-CRUSA 2019-2020 scholarships are:
- Raúl Villalobos-Vega, from Scientific High School of Guanacaste
- Chelsea Rodríguez-Alvarado from Scientific High School of Puntarenas
- Daniela Alvarado-Andrade from Scientific High School of San Pedro
- José Antonio Ortega-Padilla from Scientific High School of Cartago
- Tatiana Marcela González–González from Scientific High School of San Carlos
These scholarships are the result of the alliance between CRUSA and AFS Costa Rica, with the support of the United States embassy.
AFS is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization that promotes intercultural learning through exchange trips or volunteer work in other countries.
“It is vitally important for the CRUSA Foundation to support the country in its efforts to advance toward a knowledge-based industry, so we 100 percent support the financing for these scholarships as an incentive to fortify the human talent in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Flora Montealegre, the Executive Delegate of the CRUSA Foundation. “It is important that, as a country, we generate joint initiatives to deal with the needs involved in educating high-quality human talent as they pertain to the realities of the production environment.”
According to CRUSA, the selected students went through an arduous selection process and had to meet a series of requirements. For example, be a sophomore year student, show academic excellence, and have a command of the English language. In addition, qualities such as leadership, assertiveness, and interest in inter-cultural matters were assessed.
On average, each scholarship is worth $13,000 and includes transportation, lodging, food, and a stipend for personal expenses for one full academic year.
More information on CRUSA can be found at its site here.*
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