KATERI EDUCATION FUND
Since its establishment in 1997, the Kateri Education Fund has provided financial assistance to 60 girls and young women. With the financial support of the Kateri Education Fund, girls and young women are able to stay in school and complete their education beyond elementary school. Kateri Education Fund graduates have gone on to pursue careers in accounting, teaching, nursing, music and the arts, and business.
The Kateri Education Fund is made up of three components:
1) the Scholarship Fund,
2) the Writing Program, and
3) an Internship Program.
THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Scholarship Fund allows women to remain in school beyond elementary school by providing financial support for them. This is the center of the Fund program. To apply for a scholarship, women submit an application letter, a career and education history, and two letters of recommendation. To remain eligible, recipients must maintain an average of 70% or better at a recognized school. The scholarship recipients are required to attend monthly workshops and events led by staff members and local experts. The workshops and events help provide the young women with career, economic and professional skills, and develop sisterhood through social and cultural events. Graduates of the Kateri Education Fund provide additional mentorship support and lead workshops, which empower all those involved in the program.
THE WRITING PROGRAM
The Indigenous women of Guatemala speak 21 different regional languages. For many of these young women, the only time they speak or write Spanish is at school. The Kateri Education Fund developed the Writing Program to help these young women improve their writing skills. These skills are critical to their future careers. During monthly meetings, staff members coach the young women as they write letters to their sponsors. They use these letters as a way to learn how to better express themselves in Spanish.
THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Internship Program is the newest component of the Kateri Education Fund. At present, five young women have been selected to take part in a paid internship. The Kateri Education Fund developed the Internship Program to support recent high school graduates as they begin their job search, a process that often takes up to one year. Through strategic partnerships with schools and other local institutions, the Internship Program enables the women to gain critical career experience, while earning a stipend to help support them and their families. The Fund is seeking funding to mantain and expand this program in 2017, visit Global Giving.