Due to the low pay of farmworkers and resultant lack of family financial resources, indigenous Mexican immigrant students often have to work full-time while also attending school full-time. The SMI Scholarship provides between $150 and $400 per month to selected students, depending on their GPA the previous semester. These amounts were determined in consultation with indigenous Mexican immigrant community members.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we have selected 5 scholars: Gerardo, Maricela, Griselda, Adelaida, and Esmirna. Each is the first in their family to pursue higher education in the U.S., all of them trilingual, English, Spanish, and Triqui. All of them attending the local Community College and hopes to transfer to a four-year university. We highlight two students below:
Gerardo hopes to become a health professional. Prior to this support, he worked every weekend and during all school breaks in the fields.
Maricela wants to be a nurse. Prior to this support, she had to work full-time in a taqueria in addition to full-time course work.
Join us in supporting these students to be successful in college and beyond. Every donation, of any amount, supports students financially. Donations can be made by check, addressed to ‘CBDIO’ (the Binational Center for the Development of Indigenous Oaxacan Communities) with “SMI Scholarship” in the subject line. The money received is tax-deductible and goes directly to support the students. Checks can be mailed to: CBDIO; 2911 Tulare St; Fresno, CA 93721