Established in 1997, the East Cape Guild is a non-profit organization which provides educational benefits for the students of the East Cape region, from south of Caduano, El Triunfo in the west, and El Cardonal. The Mexican government provides free education only through the 9th grade. The costs then become the responsibility of the family. With the annual costs to attend high school approaching $500, many students are not able to continue. The students we fund must demonstrate financial need as well as academic achievement.
We have awarded over 1300 scholarships since we began the program in 1998. With the help of hard working volunteers and generous donors, we have been able to award scholarships to all qualified students for the last four years.
However, in February 2013, the federal government raised the tuition for each student by 43%. As a result, we are unable to fund all of the qualified students. We received over 200 applications with 161 students qualifying. Although 2012 was our most successful fundraising year, we are only able to fund 137 scholarships at the new tuition level.
We believe that education is one of the most valuable investments we can make in these young people.
They are the future of our community and without the support of many we could not succed in this endeavor.