Frequently Asked Questions

by future sponsors

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How much does it cost to sponsor a student?

Full annual sponsorship levels range from $ 1,400.00 to

$ 2,900.00 depending on the student's grade. A sponsor can decide to help with a full-scholarship, half-scholarship, or the amount of their preference.

Click here to learn about sponsorship levels. 

Do I have to send donations according to a certain schedule?

No. While most sponsors choose to donate on an annual, quarterly, or monthly basis we do not have a schedule requirement. Our only request is that all donations due for a certain school year be made by April of the school year. Example sponsorship donations for the 2022-2023 school year must be made by April 2023.

 

How Do I Make donations to Mayatan?

Sponsors can make online donations through our donorbox link or send a check via mail. 

Click here to see both options.  

 

Are my donations tax-deductible?

Donations made via the U.S. 501 (C)3 organization Hope for Tomorrow Inc. are tax-deductible in the United States. We do not have a relationship with nonprofit organizations in other countries. Occasionally donors from other countries are able to petition a local nonprofit in their country to receive and forward their donation to Mayatan and obtain tax-deductible status for their contribution.

 

What is Hope for Tomorrow and what is their relationship with Mayatan?

Hope for Tomorrow is a 501 (C)3 organization located in the United States. The organization was founded by a former Mayatan school director as a means of supporting English language education in Central America. Hope for Tomorrow receives donations from U.S. donors and passes them along to Bilingual Schools in Central America in the form of grants. Hope for Tomorrow has an all-volunteer staff and does not deduct any administrative fees from your donation. Your donation to Hope for Tomorrow will be passed along 100% to Mayatan scholarship program. The benefits of donating via Hope for Tomorrow are that your donation will be tax-deductible in the US and you can mail your check to a US address rather than to a foreign address.

 

Do I have to donate for a certain number of years?

No. Mayatan does not require sponsors to sign onto a certain number of years of sponsorship. However, it is beneficial for us to have an idea of how long each sponsor plans to contribute so that we can manage our scholarship program accordingly. We ask that you think carefully about how long you intend to donate for and give us your best estimate when deciding to sponsor a Mayatan student.

 

How are my contributions used?

100% of your donation will be used to pay for tuition and other academic expenses for Mayatan scholarship students. The funds for tuition are used to cover the school's operating expenses and any funds for the academic expenses are used to pay for transportation to school, books, and uniforms.

 

Will I receive a donation receipt?

If you contribute via hope for tomorrow they will send you a receipt upon receiving your donation. Receipts for donations made directly to Mayatan will be furnished upon request.

 

What if I want to discontinue my sponsorship?

We understand that sponsors need to cancel the sponsorship for financial or personal reasons. We ask that you provide us with as much advance notice as possible so that we may begin seeking another sponsor for the student.

 

What materials will I receive from Mayatan?

We send sponsors mid-year grades and final year report cards. We also send pictures, videos, and comments from students' teachers along with appreciation letters from the student.

Can I select the student whom I want to sponsor?

You are free to select a student from our list of students seeking sponsors. If you wish to support a different student at Mayatan you are free to send contributions to cover their tuition and all their expenses and Mayatan will send updates on that student per year request. Mayatan prefers that prospective sponsors either choose from our list of approved scholarship students or simply select a sponsorship level as this insurance that your sponsorship goes to the families most deserving of support.

 

Can I communicate with or meet the student and their family?

Mayatan allows sponsors to have direct contact with the student and their families. Sponsors may feel free to email or write letters to their students. Sponsors who visit Copan Ruinas can also meet directly with the student and their families. Any extra monetary or physical gifts that a sponsor wishes to send to the student must be sent directly to the student's family.

 

How does Mayatan select its scholarship students?

During the application process the family's socioeconomic background, grades, and how involved parents have been with their kid's school is reviewed. Then the board members review each case individually. After the family and the student have separate interviews. Finally, scholarships are granted to those students and families who meet all the criteria. 

What are the benefits of sponsorship for the student?

Your sponsorship provides financial security for the receiving students and their families. As student progress is Adam Mayatan your sponsorship will help the family deal with the racing cost associated with the higher grade levels. Such a benefit is incredibly valuable to a student as graduating from high school and Mayatan affords to stem much greater levels of opportunity in higher education and their future.

 

Additionally, when you sponsor a current student the Mayatan foundation has the additional capacity to offer new scholarships to current deserving students. 

Can I do a one-time donation?

Yes. One-time donations go directly to our General Fund which is used for students with Mayatan Scholarships or for school adequation or supplies. 

Click here to donate. 

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