Scholarships for Dominican and Haitian Youth



Yspaniola provides full-ride university scholarships and leadership training to talented students from impoverished batey communities of Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic. These scholarships empower students to become professionals and community leaders, allowing them to use their acquired knowledge and skills to bring their families and communities out of poverty.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Bateys are rural communities that originally developed around migrant agricultural labor in the Dominican Republic. They remain some of the most impoverished communities in the country, with lack of access to basic necessities such as running water, electricity, health care, and education. Many residents of Haitian descent continue to face discrimination with respect to documentation, jobs, and access to social supports.

How will this project solve this problem?

Our project will support batey communities by empowering young community leaders through higher education, with post-graduation incentives for scholars to continue to work at least part-time in their home communities.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project sponsors a limited number of scholarships, yet the long-term impact will reach several hundred residents as scholars are integrated into their communities as leaders for community change.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,283

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,283 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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North Haven, CT, United States

Project Leader

Jonathan DiMaio

North Haven, CT United States

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Map of Scholarships for Dominican and Haitian Youth
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