This is an opportunity for Costa Rican students to compete for a scholarship to study in the United States.
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Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Dr. Ana Sittenfeld Scholarship Program, promoted by the Costa Rican- USA Foundation for Cooperation, Crusa, opens from today until Aug. 15. This is an opportunity for Costa Rican students to compete for a scholarship to study in the United States.

According to Crusa, students must meet the following requirements: graduated from high school last year or are currently in their final year; must speak the English language.

In total, eight full scholarships will be awarded to study in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Each scholarship is for an amount of approximately $45,000, which includes registration costs, airline tickets, books and materials, medical insurance and living expenses.

The beneficiaries of this program will study for two years at a community college in the U.S. While studying, scholarship recipients will also have an internship with a company that has operations in Costa Rica and whose headquarters are located in the U.S.

Scholarship recipients will also obtain technical and financial support from Education USA for the preparation process, with funding from The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program.

"The country has the opportunity to continue advancing in the training of human talent in areas related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Flora Montealegre, Delegate of the Foundation said. "Due to the changes caused by the pandemic, these opportunities are even more visible and have great potential for job, inclusive and sustainable economic development."

People interested in applying for a scholarship can find the list of requirements on the Crusa Foundation website. The winners will be announced in September, according to Crusa.

This is the fourth year of this scholarship in Costa Rica. Eighteen students have been granted the scholarship since the inaugural cohort.

The program is developed with the support of the U.S. Embassy, the Costa Rican- North American Cultural Center and other public organizations in Costa Rica.

In February, five Ticos students won a Crusa-AFS scholarship to live and study for one year in the United States.

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