About WCCR Scholarships Program
Since 1977 hundreds of Costa Rican high school and University students from low income families have benefited from scholarships available to them through The Women’s Club Scholarship Programs.
The Scholarship Program started 37 years ago with the mission to help excellent Costa Rican students in public high schools from low income families stay in school and graduate with the Bachillerato (high school diploma). The modest scholarship payments went directly to the students, who could apply them to books, uniforms, bus fares to school or to any other expenses that would have been too onerous for their families. When the Costa Rican government stepped in and created a program to pay higher subsidies to low-income families, helping them with the cost of schooling, WCCR decided to phase out the High School Scholarship Program. The last high school beneficiary graduated in 2012.
Moving Forward with Scholarships
In 2010, WCCR started a program to help first year University students, all of whom were graduates of the high school program. We help Costa Rican students who attend all 5 public universities and INA (the national trade school) in many parts of the country from Nicoya to Pérez Zeledón.
On the average, we have 25 students studying in a variety of disciplines, such as Computer Engineering, Robotics, Business, Veterinary Medicine, Topography, Chemical Technology and English. Spanish speaking Committee members called “madrinas” supervise, encourage, and guide the students who have to maintain good grades and perform community service projects to continue as scholarship recipients.
During 2013, contact with Asociación de Colegios del Bachillerato International (ASOBITICO), the Association created in Costa Rica to introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) into public high schools, was initiated. In February 2014 we selected four students who are starting this academically rigorous 2-year program in a public school in Alajuela. We are looking forward to working with ASOBITICO and hope to expand our sponsorship of IB students in the next years.
In addition to funds from the WCCR, there is a generous and enthusiastic group of sponsors who contribute on an annual basis to the scholarship programs. Student profiles, and regular progress reports, including grades are sent to sponsors. The students appreciate the sponsorships which enable them to continue their education.