Middle School Program

Wings Middle School Scholarships

Why are these scholarships so important? It is not uncommon for students to drop out while attending middle school. Factors inhibiting students from continuing their education include:

  • Limited family economic resources
  • The need to start working to assist the family in earning money
  • Parents who do not see the long-term value of education

By becoming a scholarship sponsor, you can give the lifetime gift of education to a student who is motivated to pursue a middle school education but lacks the financial means.

Potential scholarship recipients must demonstrate high academic standing and good character. These are the students who are seen to be most likely to pursue further education and to give back to the community.

Become a sponsor for our Wings Scholarship Program!

For just $8000 pesos, you can make a huge difference in the life of a student in La Manzanilla by sponsoring one year of middle school and giving that student the wings to fly! This provides a student with a scholarship which will cover their expenses for one year of middle school.

Below is a budget of the costs (in pesos) for one year of study in the middle school, along with the scholarship administration fee incurred by our foundation:

Item Cost

Admission Cost 100
School Activities Fee 1000
School Supplies 600
Breakfast (70 pesos per week) 2800
Uniforms 500
Wings Group Activity Fee 300
Weekly Academic Tutoring 1500
LCF scholarship administration cost 1200

Total 8000 pesos

Please note:

This budget does not include the costs associated with receiving funds through PayPal or our U.S. fiscal sponsor, CMS. In order to ensure that our foundation will receive the full $8000 pesos necessary to cover all of the expenses associated with the student you are sponsoring, we kindly ask that you increase your donation amount to cover transaction costs to $8400 pesos if paying through PayPal or $8800 pesos if paying through La Catalina Foundation U.S.A. to get a U.S. tax-deductible receipt.

If the sponsor is pleased with the student's results then they may choose to continue supporting this student for another one or two years until the student completes middle school (middle school in Mexico is just for three years). This is not expected, however, and the student will receive the scholarship with the understanding that it’s only for one year to help them get a jump start on their education.

Selection process:

LCF board members work with the middle school and elementary school principals and teachers to select the scholarship recipients using the following criteria:

  • High academic merit
  • Participant in community service work
  • Participant in one of La Catalina Foundation’s educational programs (English classes or other program)
  • Participant must have at least an average grade of 8.5 on the 1 – 10 point Mexican grading system at the start of the program (equivalent to a B+ average).
  • Students with demonstrated financial need will be given the highest priority in our selection process. Those with lesser need will only be awarded a scholarship if there are enough scholarships available.

How the scholarship is administered:

The student receives payments in 10 installments throughout the academic year for their school supplies, school fees, and breakfast costs. The remaining funds go towards their weekly private tutoring sessions and the administrative costs associated with running this program. LCF requires scholarship students to attend these extra tutoring sessions, as well as completing 20 hours of community service throughout the year. These requirements are designed to help students develop good citizenship skills and provide them with a top-level, well-rounded academic preparation.

Meet the student you sponsor:

Sponsors will receive a thank you note and photo from the student they are supporting. Additionally, the students’ bio and photo will be posted on our website. In order to get to know the student and their family, sponsors are invited to make contact through email correspondence. For those sponsors who would like to meet the student they sponsor in person, LCF can help facilitate this meeting upon request. Donors may also request a copy of the student’s first and second semester progress report.

Contact Us to become a sponsor!

View current Wings Middle School Scholarship Candidates