THE MAYATAN SPONSORSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Mayatan is different from other bilingual schools and NGOs in Central America. We are locally-founded, women-founded, and non-profit. We use a permanent Honduran staff and qualified teachers from English-speaking countries to provide a well-rounded education to some 420+ students from PK-12th grade. Nearly half of our students receive significant financial aid.
Our work helps ensure that Honduran children from all social backgrounds aren't left behind by the rest of the world. We have been transforming bilingual education for over 25 years with the help of generous local and international supporters like you. Read some of the stories of students and alumni whose lives we've changed.
Mayatan delivers bilingual education to an area of Honduras lacking in educational resources. However, because we are not owned by a church, government, of foreign organization, and because nearly half of our students require financial aid, we must support our efforts through donations and by charging tuition to students who can afford it.
We depend on the generosity of our supporters to help extend the life-changing gift of education to those who need it most.
A Unique and Life Changing Opportunity
For children of low- and middle-income families in Honduras – the third-poorest country in the Western hemisphere – a quality education is simply out of reach. Their parents cannot afford to send them to the elite private schools, which offer little or no financial aid. The options they can afford do not provide quality outcomes: the Honduran public school system is tragically underfunded and understaffed, and the less expensive ‘bilingual’ schools often do not have a single English-speaking teacher on staff.
The Mayatan Bilingual School offers a unique solution for these families: high quality education at an affordable price. Each year, the Mayatan Foundation grants financial aid to over 200 students at the Mayatan Bilingual School. Scholarships range from half-tuition aid to full-tuition plus academic expenses (books, uniforms, etc.), and allow Honduran children from all socioeconomic backgrounds to receive a life-changing, high quality bilingual education.
The education these students receive at Mayatan provides them incredible opportunity. Over 85% of Mayatan High School graduates have continued on to higher education in Central and North America. Fluency in the English language affords graduates better job prospects in Copán Ruinas, where tourism is a central industry, and abroad, where English is the requisite professional language.
WHAT IS A SPONSOR?
Approximately half of all scholarships are funded via sponsors – individuals or organizations who cover partial or full funding of a student’s financial aid. Typically, sponsors will support a student over multiple years, though sponsors do not need to sign on for a certain number of years in advance.
Our sponsors have the unique opportunity and experience to establish a personal one-on-one relationship with a Mayatan student. Our sponsors receive regular updates from their student throughout the year including; photos, thank you videos and notes, grade reports, updates from teachers and general updates from the school.
Donations are tax-deductible in the United States and can be made online or via mailed check.
Why become a sponsor?
When you sponsor a Mayatan student, our scholarship students benefits in two ways:
1. Your sponsored student will have their scholarship secured via your support.
2. Your funding will increase the Mayatan Foundation’s capacity to offer new scholarships to incoming students.
Additionally, Mayatan will help to foster a relationship, if desired, between the sponsors and students. Sponsors receive regular updates, including photos, grade reports, comments from the teacher, and written notes from the student. Sponsors are encouraged to communicate with their sponsored students and their families via letters and emails, or by visiting them here in Copán Ruinas!
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?
Sponsorships allow students from families with low economic resources to continue from Primary School to Secondary School at Mayatan, and then on to High School after that, where they receive both American and Honduran high school diplomas. Approximately 80% of Mayatan high school graduates continue on to university. Sponsored students have enrolled in colleges throughout Central America, and even in the United States. On some occasions, sponsors have decided to continue supporting their student as they continue on to university.
Many of our oldest graduates (who are now only in their mid-late twenties) have begun to return to Copán Ruinas after university to start businesses or begin their professional lives.
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