Scholarships for Outstanding Students in Argentina

by Atrapasuenos


My name is Micaela and I am in my senior year of college at FASTA Institute (Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino - in San Francisco, Argentina. My major is Psychopedagogy.

One evening in the beginning of the school year, I received a phone call by none other than the college director, Prof. Raquel Vercesi, to inform me that I had the highest grade point average of my class. As recognition, I have been representing my graduating class and bearing the Argentine flag in all official ceremonies this year. It was a beautiful moment when I received the news, because I felt that all my hard work and efforts were being noticed. In addition, I received the Manuel Belgrano certificate awarded to all outstanding students in the city of San Francisco by our mayor, Dr. Ignacio Garcia Aresca.

Besides giving you this update, I would like to take this opportunity to give infinite thanks to all donors and volunteers that work hard so that young people like me can make our dreams come true. I also want to thank VISIONAR scholarships and Asociacion Atrapasuenos for promoting community volunteering as part of the scholarship requirements. Thanks to this program, my fellow VISIONAR students and I can give back to the community some of the mentorship and care that we have been fortunate to receive. This experience truly fills my soul and gives more meaning to all our efforts.

To anyone reading this report, please consider supporting us with a donation for the 2017 school year. Your precious help will allow the program to continue so we can make a real difference in the lives of our community. Thank you!


 Please consider supporting one VISIONAR student through their school year, which represents USD $1,525 in today’s exchange rates. This amount helps pay for university fees, school supplies, books and transportation. As always, any amount is deeply appreciated and welcome.

You may make your donation at:

Thank you for your support!



VISIONAR students Veronica (majoring in Electromechanical engineering) and Jesica (Electrical engineering) were invited to give a talk to children attending school in one of the marginal areas of San Francisco with high poverty and crime rates. The goal was for these young ladies to share their experience as college students and as VISIONAR scholars so that children could see it is possible to transcend their difficult environment and seek a better future by getting an education. At the same time, it was an important opportunity for Jesica and Veronica to challenge gender stereotypes, given that their careers are usually chosen by men, and to show what can be achieved with focus and determination.

 The event took place in San Francisco’s local library. Jesica and Veronica explained what they were studying in simple terms that children could understand and by providing examples. Jesica shared that she loved “to see their astounded faces and hear the questions they had for us”.

 One of the key messages Veronica and Jesica insisted on is that education is not only “for the rich”, and that there are ways to finance school, from merit-based scholarships like VISIONAR, to financial aid from the local government or the university.

 By telling their personal stories, Veronica and Jesica inspired little ones to dream big and work hard for their dreams.


Please consider supporting one VISIONAR student through their school year, which represents USD $1,525 in today’s exchange rates. This amount helps pay for university fees, school supplies, books and transportation. As always, any amount is deeply appreciated and welcome.

You may make your donation at:

Thank you for your support!



Maximiliano has been with VISIONAR Scholarships since 2010, when he started the Chemical Engineering program at the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional in San Francisco, Argentina . Maxi is an easy-going, friendly, thoughtful young man and, in his own words, a “perfectionist” when it comes to his schoolwork; he is truly passionate about science and it shows; he is a straight-A student with a bright future ahead of him.

In this update you will see excerpts of Maxi’s monthly reports he sends to his VISIONAR mentor, Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, and to VISIONAR coordinators, to keep us informed of his progress. Every monthly report, for the last 5+ years, is a pleasure to read. I am only sharing short snippets, accompanied by my editorial comment to add context and give you a glimpse of how extraordinary this young man is.

December 2015

“Last Monday I took the final exam for Operational Units (one of the last courses before I graduate), and I got a 10!” (“A” in US grading).

“Next year, I would like to get a job and save enough money to help me move to Santa Fe city and start the Doctorate in Physics.”

Given his stellar performance through college and the recommendation of his professors, Maxi has already has been accepted into a PhD program at CONICET, a prestigious scientific institute located in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina . In addition, CONICET already offered Maxi a scholarship to finance his PhD program. 





February 17, 2016

Dear friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news on the passing of our beloved Atrapasueños leader, and VISIONAR pioneer, Graciela “Cheli” Asís de Lombardi.

Back in 2007, I traveled to my hometown of San Francisco, Argentina, with a dream, that was to help outstanding students get a college education and reach their professional and personal goals. Miss Evelina Feraudo, founder of Atrapasueños, kindly opened the doors of her organization to implement the scholarship program that we named VISIONAR. From that moment, Cheli and I worked hand in hand to make it happen: we went to local high schools, spoke with principals, visited the local extension of the National University, and presented the program to community leaders at Rotary Club and Lions Club. We reviewed students applications, went to applicants’ homes, met with their families, and listened to their stories. After careful consideration, Cheli and I recommended to award the first scholarship to Emiliano, a gentle and studious boy from a modest background that was our “guinea pig” but quickly became our success story, and today is an IT engineer. Other 22 students came after Emi and are a testament to Cheli’s legacy.

Cheli was more than a scholarship manager; she was devoted to the VISIONAR cause. She was there to listen and guide our students, any time of day or night. It was in her house that we would get together with the students and other Atrapasueños members for refreshments and pastries during my annual visits to Argentina, sharing our stories, reveling in the camaraderie. Cheli cared deeply about each of the students, and they felt her love. Some would say to me that Cheli was their “second Mom”.

After a hard and courageous battle with cancer, Cheli is now our angel watching over us all. In her memory, may we all continue to strive to reach our dreams and goals, and may we continue to help others like she helped us.

We love you and we will miss you, Cheli!

Gabriela, the Atrapasueños team, VISIONAR students, VISIONAR friends and donors




VISIONAR scholars not only excel in academics, but also are active contributors to their communities. In fact, VISIONAR rules require that students receiving scholarships dedicate at least four hours a month in volunteering activities.

Jesica, Mariana, Paula and Micaela, four of the students supported by our generous donors, have chosen to volunteer at the Children’s Residence in San Francisco (Argentina), a state-funded institution that acts as a shelter home for girls coming from backgrounds of physical and emotional abuse. Their stay at the residence ensures their safety, the protection of their rights, and the re-integration to their families once issues are resolved. Currently the Children’s Residence is housing ten girls ages 13 to 17. Since the creation of the Children’s Residence in 1992, many other girls have already “graduated” from the institution, and have gone on to continue school or get a job, start their own families, and carry on with their goals.

The girls living in the Residence are in need of role models, affection, and just a friendly person they can trust as they work to overcome years of abuse. Most girls need help with school homework, or the motivation to even attend school regularly. Through their volunteering, our VISIONAR students, along with others, provide that support: they are tutors and counselors, peers and confidants. They share afternoon tea with the Residents, and are there to listen and to show that they care. Slowly, the Residents learn how to study, how to manage their time, how to take care of themselves, how to relate to others, how to have fun, how to be strong and make the right choices to build a happy life for themselves.  

The Atrapasueños team responsible for VISIONAR scholarships is extremely proud of our students who are making a huge difference in the lives of these young girls.

Besides making it possible for our VISIONAR scholars to get a college education, your donation is having an extended impact in the community through this volunteering program. At the same time, the experience of helping others in need is extremely valuable for our students. We could not be more grateful to you, our donors! Thank you!


Gabriela Mondino



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Location: San Francisco, Cordoba - Argentina
Project Leader:
Gabriela Mondino
Scholarship Founder and Manager
Cambridge, MA United States

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