While schooling in the Dominican Republic is funded by the government, students are still required to cover the annual costs of new school uniforms, athletic clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies. The majority of families in the communities where we work remain mired in deep structural and situational poverty and cannot afford these out-of-pocket expenses, posing a serious barrier to their children’s education.
The Batey Foundation Scholarship Program serves students from the community of San Luis by matching them with sponsors who pledge a 10-year commitment to support their education. In exchange, the students commit to attending school, working hard, and staying in touch with our local scholarship program coordinator who offers academic support and fun activities for students and families outside of school.
Students are selected with several considerations in mind:
- Economic need
- Academic performance
- Recommendations from teachers and community members
Each sponsor is asked to commit support to their student for 10 years. The annual scholarship fee is currently $300.
Our dedicated in-country staff helps us maintain lines of regular communication between students and their sponsors in the form of letters, academic progress reports, and photos.
We hope in the years to come to expand the program in order to serve more children and families in the San Luis community.
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