VISIONAR: SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION IN ARGENTINA, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME
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First VISIONAR graduate and new VISIONAR scholar
The first quarter of 2012 has been very eventful for the organization, with our first VISIONAR graduate and a new VISIONAR scholar on our roster of outstanding students.
Karen Tatiana Centurion is the first VISIONAR scholarship recipient to have completed her coursework. In December 2011, Karen finished the program to be certified as Human Resources manager and is ready to receive her diploma from Insitucion Cervantes after presentation of her thesis in a few weeks (scheduled for April 2012). Karen's final grade point average was 7.8 / 10, equivalent of a B in the US grading system.
Karen's parents and siblings Rosana, Nadia and Oscar are very proud of her accomplishment. With her degree in Human Resources, Karen plans to move to a larger city in Argentina, possibly Cordoba or Santa Fe, where she is hoping to get a job so that she can embark on her next project: to continue studying in a national university and to expand her horizons, possibly in the area of psychology.
Karen, VISIONAR wishes you continued success! As you finish one important chapter and start another, we would like to leave this quote with you: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" (Eleanor Roosevelt).
Continuing with our mission to help one student at a time, in the month of February we brought on board a new VISIONAR student, Pamela Pinciroli.
Pamela graduated high school from Escuela Normal Superior Dr Nicolas Avellaneda, in San Francisco, with a GPA of 8.73/10 (equivalent to A- in the US grading system). Pamela is now enrolled in FASTA (Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomas de Aquino), in San Francisco, Argentina, to pursue a three-year degree in English studies / translation. After getting her degree, Pamela is determined to pursue further education in studies in International Relations.
Pamela has proven herself not only academically but also as an important contributor to the community with various volunteering activities: at a retirement home, at the local library, and tutoring other students. In addition, in 2011 Pamela was selected by the US Embassy among 12 Argentine students to participate in a 3-month Youth Ambassadors program in the US. During that program, Pamela had the opportunity to do community service in Washington DC and Johnson City, TN.
VISIONAR welcomes Pamela and wishes her great success!
VISIONAR is happy to report that, on November 24th, 2011, the local TV channel in San Francisco, Argentina, Canal 4, dedicated a segment of 10 minutes to VISIONAR scholars and Atrapasuenos manager Graciela Asis. A video of the live show has been requested and will be shared as soon as it is available.
Key messages delivered during the interview:
- VISIONAR goals: to support outstanding college students with leadership potential
- VISIONAR requirements: excellent academic performance and community service
- VISIONAR support: the on-going mentoring provided by Atrapasuenos volunteers
- VISIONAR need for community involvement via donations and volunteering
- VISIONAR’s gratitude: to all supporters and volunteers
Four of our scholars (Maximiliano, Gaston, Emiliano and Maria Angela) were interviewed during the segment. Each student briefly told their story, the college program they are attending, and their experience being part of the VISIONAR team.
As always, we are all so proud of our students, and so very thankful to our supporters!
VISIONAR continues making inroads in the communities of Chicago, IL and San Francisco, Argentina. Our dual goal is to promote the organization and to continue raising funds.
We invite all our friends and supporters to consider a donation to VISIONAR via Globalgiving. We are getting ready to open the selection process for 2012 scholarships and your help will be greatly appreciated!
As always, if you have questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read about our exciting fundraising events in San Francisco, Argentina! Wellness and Personal Image Seminars organized by Atrapasueños Association.
Scholar: Maximiliano Senno
University: Universidad Tecnologica Nacional
Major: Chemical Engineering
Maximiliano, one of our seven scholars sponsored by VISIONAR, was awarded a full scholarship in February 2010. In December 2010 Maximiliano just completed his first year of college. The excerpt below is from a report that Maximiliano sent to VISIONAR's Board members updating us on his experience during this important transition from high school to college.
"These last months school has been more complicated; we had one midterm after another (and more coming up soon), sometimes without much lecture from professors (but rather, self-study). For instance, in Analytical Geometry and Algebra, we had a 20 minute explanation of the topics that would be in the exam. However, I figured things out, and got a 10 in the exam (highest grade). (...) With Physics, something similar happened. The professor gave the topics to study one day before the exam, so we were all scrambling to get ready. I don't have the grade on that one yet, but I am hoping for something similar to Analytical Geometry.
As far as my classmates, things could not be better. I am very happy with them, so I hope our friendship will continue to grow for a long time. I befriended a guy who lives in a town outside of San Francisco (Argentina). He comes over to my apartment almost every day and we study together. When the weather is nice, we go sit in the park and study there. But during finals, I think it will be better to study at home so that we don't get distracted.
It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. Before we know it, it will be "summer break". I write with quotation marks before I am planning to use the summer months to review the material I studied, a bit in a hurry, this past year. I hope to have enough time.
I hope to keep sending you good news every time so that you know there is value in the efforts the VISIONAR team and donors make for us. As always I am grateful."
We believe that Maximilianoe will go into his second year of college with continued success. We are very proud of him and we hope that you, the supporters and donors, feel the same.
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