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Six technical high school youths will be going to the U.S. on scholarships

Their outstanding academic levels, mastery of English, leadership skills and interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are the common qualities of these six Costa Rican student scholarship winners in theDr. Ana Sittenfeld Specialized Technical Scholarship Program for two years of study at community colleges in the U.S.

The six recipients are María Nazareth Mata Castillo, Valeria Saborío Barquero, Diego Hernández Montero, Maxwell Jornae Pita Nelson, Josué Ortega Rodríguez and Antony Ramírez Montero.

Five are students of the professional-technical high schools of General Viejo, Santa Ana, San Isidro de Heredia, San Agustín and COVAO in Cartago, while the sixth is an International Baccalaureate student at the Gregorio José Ramírez High School.

The program has the support of CINDE (the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency), the U.S. Embassy, United Airlines and the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center (CCCN) through its educational counseling office, Education USA.

Stories of Personal Growth

Learn more about Josué Ortega, Nazareth Mata, Max Pita, Valeria SaboríoAntony Ramírez, Diego Hernández.

Community Colleges

Scholarship recipients will study at Community Colleges in the U.S. and will be able to complement their academic education with internships at companies that have operations in Costa Rica and headquarters on U.S. soil.

The total budget of the Dr. Ana Sittenfeld Specialized Technical Scholarship Program is $1,567,000 for five years, so scholarships – which cover tuition, health insurance and living expenses – will continue to be given out until 2021, while airline tickets are donated by United Airlines.