Each scholarship costs approximately $13,000, which includes transportation, accommodation, food and personal expenses for one academic year.
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Published Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ticos students win a scholarship
to study in the U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rica United States of America Foundation for Cooperation, Crusa, announced the five Costa Rican students who won a scholarship to live and study for one year in the United States.

The winning students are Maricruz Vargas, from Alajuela Province; Mónica López, Emmanuel Rodríguez and Roberth Parra from Puntarenas Province and Marizza Álvarez from Limón Province.

The foundation will allocate $65,000 to cover the expenses of the students during their education to take place from September 2021 to July 2022. The funds come from the CRUSA-AFS scholarship program.

The goal is to academically prepare young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as to satisfy the labor demands that the country requires, the foundation said.

These scholarships are the result of the alliance between Crusa, the American Field Service Foundation, AFS and the United States Embassy.

In total, 19 young people from various high schools in rural areas were interviewed. "The selected students went through an arduous selection process and the fulfillment of a series of requirements, for example: to be an eleventh-year level student, to have academic excellence and command of the English language,” Crusa said.

According to Crusa, each scholarship costs approximately $13,000, which includes transportation, accommodation, food and personal expenses for one academic year.

“Since the beginning of this alliance with the high-schools, in 2012, 54 students from scientific high- schools have participated in exchange programs and the National Youth Science Camp," Lauren Garza, representative of the embassy said. "The main goal of the embassy is to support students who have demonstrated their academic excellence and leadership skills to help them continue their studies in STEAM careers, regardless of their financial resources."

Students will travel to the United States after having completed the first semester of the 11th grade level at their high school in Costa Rica, where they will be placed by AFS in an American community with a host family and in a school, which they will attend classes for one year.

Likewise, before, during and after their exchange program, they will participate in a non-formal intercultural education process, organized by AFS.

Later, upon their return to Costa Rica, they will resume their studies and their graduation.

In 2012, the United States Embassy began the AFS-Scientific Colleges scholarship program, to support students with limited economic resources, with academic excellence, leadership skills, desires to continue studies in science and technology and to promote the cultural understanding between Costa Rica and the United States.

Since 2017, there have been 26 students from science-focused high schools who have benefited from these scholarships.

What students do you know interested in obtaining a study abroad scholarship to the United States?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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