October 2010 Update
My name is Sandra Cravero and I have served on the board of VISIONAR scholarships for two years. While I live in Chicago IL, my work with VISIONAR allows me to help deserving college students in my hometown of San Francisco (Argentina) to achieve their career goals.
During my visit to San Francisco last October, I had the opportunity to meet with our new VISIONAR scholars: Maria Angela Contreras, Gaston Madera, and Maximiliano Senno, all three in their first year of university. They are very pleased with their careers and they were happy to express their expectations, challenges and also frustrations experienced over the past year.
Maria Angela, who pursues a degree in Accounting, has excellent grades. Besides studying, she is involved in various community service activities like tutoring elementary students in her neighborhood several times a week. She is a very responsible and organized person, with a clear understanding of her career objectives and what she wants to achieve.
Having grown up in the rural area outside San Francisco, Gaston chooses to concentrate on Agronomy Studies. He is currently living with his aunt in the city so that he can attend college. He’s very happy with his career choice and he mentioned that some days he has to travel to Villa Maria city to attend some classes there. He also expressed his desire to study English and the possibility of continuing his studies in the USA. Unlike the other scholars that live with their parents, Gaston has more living expenses since he has to help his aunt to pay some of the house expenses they share.
Maximiliano seems to be a very calm and modest person and he was also very satisfied with his progress at school, where he works toward a Chemical engineering degree. Maximiliano enjoys riding his bike a lot and mentioned that his parents made a lot of effort to buy him a new bicycle to go to school. He also told me that he has experience in video production and would be happy to help us make a video for VISIONAR.
Maria Angela, Maximiliano and Gaston join our continuing VISIONAR scholars, Elizabeth Quinteros, Carolina Gonzalez, Emiliano Gudiño, and Karen Tatiana Centurion, in becoming part of a group of students whose determination, ambition, and hard work earn them high recognition and prepare them well for success in their careers and in their lives.
I wish all of our VISIONAR students continued success!
Gaston Madera: the embodiment of VISIONAR’s values
Gaston Madera is one of VISIONAR’s seven scholarship recipients, living in San Francico, Argentina. While in high school, at I.P.E.M Nº 222 “AGR. AMËRICO A. MILANI”, Gaston received numerous awards in recognition of his academic accomplishments as well as his character. As one of the maximum awards bestowed in the Argentine high school system, Gaston was elected by the student body to guard the national flag at school ceremonies during his senior year.
For Gaston, going to school means a lot more sacrifice and effort that to many other kids. Gaston’s parents live and work in a rural area outside of San Francisco, Argentina. During the school year, and since age 13, Gaston lives by himself in precarious housing in San Francisco, so that he can attend classes daily. Being away from his parents since an early age and taking care of himself, while obtaining excellent grades and the respect of classmates and teachers speak highly of Gaston’s drive to succeed, and of his values.
Now in his freshman year in college, and thanks in part to a VISIONAR scholarship, Gaston is focused on his Agronomy Engineering studies. Gaston continues to excel in school, despite his difficult socioeconomic condition. Gaston is a true inspiration to those around him!
The classes Gaston is taking include Mathematics, Animal Anatomy, Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Botany, Computer Science and Phylosophy. So far he has taken two final exams (Computer Science and Phylosophy), with excellent grades: 9 and 10 (on a 10 point scale).
Gaston embodies the spirit of VISIONAR: an outstanding young man with a strong vision for himself, a clear objective, and the motivation that will propel him to achieve his goals through his life.
As always, we want to give special thanks to all VISIONAR friends and donors. Gaston and the other six VISIONAR scholars are building their future one day at a time, thanks to your generous support!
Check out VISIONEWS, our Spring 2010 newsletter!
- Three new scholarships awarded this year!
- Meet our Board of Directors
- Meet one of our volunteers in San Francisco, Argentina
- Learn about VISIONAR's recent events in Chicago
One of our 2010 goals is to continue to engage the donor community, not only by showing our progress in supporting college students, but also by providing opportunities for our donors' own personal and professional development.
On March 4th, VISIONAR organized a workshop in Chicago, led by innovation expert Adam Shames, entitled: THE TIME FOR INNOVATION IS NOW: CREATIVITY COMPETENCIES FOR INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURE CHANGE. In this interactive session, Adam Shames taught the competences that are essential to the creative process, and that can be applied to our professional or personal activities.
In Adam's unique approach, innovation and creativity skills were demonstrated through the lens of Argentine cultural traits. For instance, to demonstrate flexibility and adaptation skills, essential to foster creative solutions, Adam invited the audience to practice tango steps, where the male dancer leads and the female dancer typically follows. Adam surprised us by requesting that roles be reversed, and that women lead the dance while men followed.
We left Adam's session energized and inspired. Increased awareness on VISIONAR scholarships, new contacts, newly learned creativity skills and an overall positive energy summarize the outcome of this great workshop!
VISIONAR continues to help deserving students in Argentina. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, and to the continued dedication of Atrapasuenos members and volunteers, three new students now enjoy full scholarships to attend college. Gastón Alberto Madera, 17, María Angela Contreras, 18, and Maximiliano Alejandro Senno, 17, were selected in January 2010 for their academic performance and leadership potential, and now join continuing scholars Emiliano Gudiño, Carolina González, Elizabeth Quinteros and Karen Centurión.
Gaston enrolled in Agronomy studies; Maria Angela will pursue Accounting, and Maximiliano started a Chemical Engineering program at Universidad Tecnologica Nacional in San Francisco, Argentina.
VISIONAR wishes all its seven scholars the best success in the 2010 academic year!
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