Thanks to your incredible generosity, our university program has grown exponentially over the past few years. We currently have 17 students attending university all over Ecuador, including 2 students studying medicine in Cuenca, one studying to become a petroleum engineer in Santa Elena, and several studying a variety of subjects in Guayaquil. We expect 4 of our university students to graduate this year and will be excited to share their stories as the year progresses.
A little less than a year ago, we hired Jenny part-time, to coordinate the university program and be the main point of communication with the students that are receiving scholarships or potential scholarship recipients. As you may remember, Jenny grew up at the Mission Home and was one of the first to benefit from a scholarship in our university program. She graduated from the University of Guayaquil in 2020 with a degree in Occupational Therapy and has been working with children as an Occupational Therapist ever since.
Jenny’s first hand experience in our university scholarship program gives her the unique ability to mentor and guide current and potential scholarship recipients. She communicates with all our university students individually regarding their academic progress, their living situations’, and their budgets’. She helps our scholarship recipients problem solve to ultimately gain the life skills necessary to not just succeed in university, but also successfully obtain a job and live independently post graduation. She is kind, loving, and firm.
We have noticed that with Jenny in this role our university students are thriving. Jenny is able to provide practical guidance with cultural knowledge and sensitivity that we never could on our own. We are so grateful she has been able to fill this role to strengthen the university program and ultimately help more students succeed in the same way that she has.