May 16 2014

Mother inspires Mexican scholar to never give up

Gladys in Mexico is working on her education with help from an Unbound scholarship.

Gladys in Mexico is working on her education with help from an Unbound scholarship.

Gladys is an Unbound scholar in Mexico. After her father died of cancer 10 years ago, her mother, Marcelina, took on the burden of providing for the whole family.

“My mother has been the hero in my family,” Gladys said. “She bravely put our family on her shoulders and has provided for us by herself.”

Receiving an Unbound scholarship gave Gladys the resources she needed to stay in school at a time when her mother was sacrificing her own needs to pay for tuition.

Read more about Gladys and her mother here.

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Apr 14 2014

Guatemalan teen dreams of making school library favorite place for kids

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

National Library Week in the U.S. is April 13-19. People across the country are celebrating by visiting libraries, participating in events and sharing how libraries have changed their lives.
To join in the celebration, we would like to share the story of Claudia, a sponsored teen from Guatemala. Claudia volunteers at a local school library and works with the children there to help them become more engaged in reading.

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Mar 12 2014

Cooking up confidence in Colombia

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Most mornings, Yurani walks alone to the bus that takes her to the local university, a short 15-minute ride away.

Though she walks alone, Yurani knows she has her family and the entire Unbound community beside her.

Before heading off to catch a bus, Yurani helps her younger brother, Daniel, make the bed. Some weekdays, she also helps her mother prepare lunch for the whole family.

For Yurani, cooking meals is one of her favorite chores, and it gives her good practice for her studies. Yurani is studying gastronomy, or the art and science of gourmet cuisine.

“When I was younger my dream was to be a chef,” Yurani said. “[Now] my dream is to have my own restaurant.”

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Dec 17 2013

Aspiring to greater things: scholarships change families and communities

If you met Dalia on a Guatemalan street, you’d want to get to know her. And you’d want to help make her dreams a reality.

When you see Dalia, in her brightly patterned traditional Mayan dress with her long dark hair flowing, you know she’s a girl on a mission.

She’s strong, determined and compassionate.
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Nov 26 2013

Friends dream of a future free from poverty

From left: Michelle, Venus and Alona in the Philippines find a little help and encouragement goes a long way. The three friends dream of becoming teachers.

From left: Michelle, Venus and Alona in the Philippines find a little help and encouragement goes a long way. The three friends dream of becoming teachers.

Three friends from the Philippines dreaming of becoming teachers now see that dream within their grasp.

And it’s because someone believed in them.

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Nov 15 2013

Kenyan youth pursues dream to be medical researcher

Austine is a young man from Kenya who wants to be a medical researcher.

Austine is a young man from Kenya who wants to be a medical researcher.

As young boys, Austine and his brothers would spend their days carry sand for local construction companies in Kisumu, Kenya to help their mother feed the family.

Now a CFCA scholar, Austine is realizing his dream of higher education.

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Sep 4 2013

Former CFCA scholar in Guatemala looks back with joy

Carmen, a former CFCA scholar in Guatemala, recalls the struggles she overcame to achieve her dream of graduating from high school. She started her own business while in school to provide extra income for her family.

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