Posts Tagged ‘scholarship’

Toward the Sun

Friday, August 19th, 2016

If you had to map the plot of your life what would it look like? What defining moments stand out as the turning points, the peaks and valleys? Students in our Scholarship & Youth Development Program recently explored this question during a workshop centered on healing from trauma.

a student with his life map

Victor with his life map


Scholarships: Empowering a New Generation

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Show of hands if you’ve gone on tour and seen this guy at an activity with our Scholarship & Youth Development Program students:

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Yeeaahh, that’s what we thought. As many of you know, Samuel—our Scholarship Coordinator—is the MAN. He does so much for our students, both from a 10,000-foot perspective, and on a personal, individual level. He knows (probably better than anyone else) about their home lives, challenges, successes, and transformations. That’s why, when we were getting ready to launch our Thousand Girls Initiative, we took a moment to sit down with him and get his thoughts on where our students come from, the journey that they take through the program, the philosophy that motivates what we do, and his vision for their future.

What he said brought tears to our eyes. We dare you not to be moved!


Scholarship Graduate Survey: Results Are In

Friday, May 27th, 2016

There is nothing like KNOWING that you have changed someone’s life, and our recent survey of Scholarship & Youth Development Program graduates proves that YOU have done just that. Scholarship graduates see the world differently when they finish the program, and go on to achieve things that once seemed like pipe dreams to them, their families, and their communities.


Sandra Capen: Hungering for Something Different

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Sandra Capen

From a young age, Sandra Capen was motivated to get good grades by her parents—who sacrificed so much to educate their three children that the family sometimes went without food. Throughout grade school Sandra couldn’t eat lunch with her friends or purchase the school supplies that she needed to bring her creative ideas for projects to life. Instead, she swallowed her hunger and made do with what she had, never asking her parents for money. (more…)

Rock Band Has Soft Spot for Girls’ Education

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Back in August GRAMMY nominated rock band The National performed back-to-back benefit concerts in support of the Thousand Girls Initiative. Now lead singer Matt Berninger (Joe and Jeff’s cooler cousin) and the rest of the band are back with another super-sweet project to support girls’ education!


Joe Requests a Drumroll

Joe requests a drumroll


Berta Alicia Chancho Vit: Choosing a New Path in Guatemala

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Berta Alicia Primero Basico
Growing up in rural Guatemala is hard. No one would blame 22-year-old Berta Alicia Chancho Vit had she followed the normal path: Go to primary school for a few years. Drop out to work in the fields or the home. Get married too young. Have children. Watch them follow in your footsteps. Grow old under the weight of unfulfilled dreams. But Berta Alicia refused to follow the normal path. Instead, she blazed an entirely new one.

“I have always wanted to study and graduate from high school,” Berta Alicia says. While that might seem like a reasonable goal, it is anything but easy—in rural Guatemala, 80% of indigenous students drop out of school by the seventh grade. Thanks to Berta Alicia’s diligence in primary school, she was awarded a scholarship by CoEd to study through middle school and high school. This was the life-changing chance she had been waiting for, so she got right to work. (more…)

VIP Fall Fiesta Guests (besides you, of course)

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

In June, we announced the date of Fall Fiesta 2014: A Stroll through the Markets of Guatemala (Saturday, October 18, 2014, in case you need a refresher). Get ready for Big Announcement Part Deux…

Two VIPs will be attending Fall Fiesta to share their special story with YOU.

Juan and Maria Tacaxoy

Juan and Maria Tacaxoy want to meet you at Fall Fiesta!

Some of you have met the Tacaxoy family. Many of you have heard of them. All of you now have the chance to meet Maria and Juan Tacaxoy at Fall Fiesta. That’s right; this sibling duo is traveling all the way from Guatemala to Cincinnati to meet you.

Maria Tacaxoy (6)

Here’s little Maria when we first met her over a decade ago.

Maria Tacaxoy is the oldest of four children. We met when a group of volunteers spent the morning at her elementary school on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Santiago Atitlan. Maria was on the verge of dropping out of school when she met Joe and Rebecca Berninger (you may have heard of  them…) when they visited her school in Santiago Atitlan. Fortuitously, bright, young Maria was accepted into CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development program so she could continue her education! (more…)

A Guatemalan father’s gratitude

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend we wanted to pass along what it means for a father in Guatemala to have your help in supporting his daughter’s education through a scholarship.  Manuel Antonio Bucú Ixjotop, father of Hilda
Bucú Yucuté, now a scholarship graduate, spoke during the Snapshot Tour 2007 and gave the following message to the volunteers present that day. His words continue to ring true, so we’re reposting them today.

Hilda & Manuel Bucu

Hilda is now a scholarship graduate but at the time her father gave this speech was still in middle school.

I wish each of you a very good day and a warm salutation to the principal, to the teachers, the students, the parents, and to everyone present – a very warm welcome to each of you. I wish to especially greet the members of CoEd and the people who come from the United States who support our children. Please feel welcome in Santiago, Sacatepéquez.

From the very bottom of my heart I wish to thank the people who are supporting our youth through scholarships. I am certain that if it weren’t for the scholarships for our children, it would have been very difficult for us to pay for their education. (more…)

Scholarship Graduate Survey Infographic

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We always knew that our scholarship students were rock stars, but it’s nice that our latest round of survey results continues to prove just that. And these numbers don’t lie–CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development Program is changing lives in Guatemala.

We surveyed CoEd’s scholarship program graduates, and are bursting at the seams to share the results with you.

Why is this study important? Because measurements like this allow us to gauge the efficacy of our programs, measure the impact of our youth development component on students, and show the ripple effect that happens from helping just one student (check out that 92% stat—not bad, eh?).

Take a look at the numbers, and, if you like what you see, head over to our scholarship webpage to meet the middle school and high school scholarship hopefuls in need of your help. Given a chance, we know they will become part of the success story too.

meet the students 

Scholarship & Youth   Development           Graduates | Create Infographics

Feeling inspired? Check out our scholarship webpage to meet the students who hope to become success stories someday: 

Meet the students!




Heydi Chancho: Leading by Example

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

How many girls play teacher when they are little? Assigning homework to stuffed animals and diligently grading fake exams, happily dreaming about a future when it all becomes reality. Heydi Chancho Sirin was no different. “I used to set sticks and sheets of paper in front of trees as if they were pencils and notebooks. The trees were my students,” she says, laughing. “I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember.”


Our confident Heydi in action with the girls she helps in the Scholarship and Youth Development program.

Without Cooperative for Education’s (CoEd’s) Scholarship & Youth Development Program, Heydi, like so many children in Guatemala, would have been stuck playing pretend forever. Her father died when she was 10, leaving their family with a deep emotional and financial void. “My mom said that I could only study until sixth grade, and then I had to start helping her sell vegetables at the market,” Heydi remembers. “I was devastated.”