Beginning in 1999, Rancho Feliz constructed a 3½ acre affordable housing community. Known as “Vecinos Dignos sin Fronteras” (Worthy Neighbors without Borders), this visionary neighborhood houses approximately 150 people. It soon became apparent that the public school system was inadequate. Our Vecinos children were not realizing their full potential.
In answer to this challenge, Rancho Feliz formed an educational alliance with two fully accredited, private bi-lingual schools in Agua Prieta: Colegio Americano Anais for grades kindergarten, elementary and junior high and Colegio Benemerito de Las Americas for high school. The “Guardian Warrior” Private Scholarship Sponsor Program was born. We run our scholarship programs utilizing sound business principles.
“Guardian Warrior” Scholarship Sponsors include individuals, families, and businesses. Upon becoming a Sponsor, you will receive a photograph and biography of your Scholarship student. Throughout the year, you will receive grade reports and periodic letters written in English by your child. Many of our Sponsorships have developed into lasting international friendships.
This program averages 70 students per year. And the results are unprecedented. All Vecinos children now speak English and conduct their schoolwork on computers. Many have already graduated, attending higher education institutions in Mexico, Europe and the United States. Read More
Kindergarten – 10th Grade (12 years)
The Kindergarten – 10th grade scholarship investment is $2,400 per year (includes tuition, books, field trips, etc.). This tax-deductible donation can be paid in one lump sum or in monthly installments of $200.
High School (HS) (3 years)
The high school scholarship investment is $2,800 per year (includes tuition, books, field trips, etc.). This tax-deductible donation can be paid in one lump sum or in monthly installments of $233.
A child’s future is waiting for you! Click on a student’s name for a bio and how to sponsor.
For more information about university students available for sponsorship, contact Program Director, Claire Bashaw at [email protected]
Many of our Vecinos students graduate from our “Guardian Warrior” high school scholarships and are eager to continue their education. Fortunately, the educational quality of state universities in Mexico is high. Our students are in programs such as engineering, education, business and nursing. In order to stay in the program, they are required to keep minimum grade point averages.
This tax-deductible donation, of $4,500/year for 4.5 years, can be paid in full or in monthly $375 installments. This annual donation covers the yearly educational and living expenses for one college student. Sponsors receive photographs, biographies, grade reports and periodic correspondence written by the students in English. Many of our students and their sponsor have developed lasting international friendships.
University Scholarship recipients are required to fund an additional Rancho Feliz scholarship upon their graduation. This “Pay-It-Forward” program compounds your educational investment.
For a complete document outlining the program policies, volunteer requirement, parent participation, scholastic requirements, etc. follow this link: University Scholarship.
Bright Futures is a Rancho Feliz program forged over 30 years of experience providing educational opportunities for underprivileged children. We accomplish this by providing high school and university scholarships and one-on-one encouragement to develop academic, career and lifetime goals.
As young females, particularly in patriarchal cultures, their educational aspirations are shattered and the generational cycle of hopelessness surges onward. Statistics for girls in Mexico:
This is strictly a merit-based platform. Girls apply and are interviewed for a Bright Futures scholarship. Once accepted, the girls will be paired with mothers from our Vecinos neighborhood for ongoing support and mentorship. The scholarship includes English tutoring, workshops, and an annual Bright Futures summit featuring former graduates and successful women from both sides of the border. By showing the girls what’s possible they can better shape and reach their goals for academic and lifestyle success.
Bright Futures high school scholarship investment is $1,000 per year for 3 years. Sponsorship includes annual summit weekend and bi-annual update report on the scholarship students. Annual summit weekend will be held in Agua Prieta where sponsors will have the opportunity to meet the students and families.
Bright Futures University provides higher education scholarships to the Bright Futures high school students. This scholarship funds the tuition to two very reputable private and public universities in Agua Prieta—each offering very different fields of study. The financial support received will fund tuition, registration, books and other academic materials, along with ongoing mentorship and mental health resources, and weekly English classes. Upon becoming a sponsor you will receive a photo and personal letter from your student, along with grades and periodic communication.
We believe, and statistics confirm, that investing in girls is the most efficient development investment there is. It is estimated that:
Educated people educate their children – who educate their children – and on and on. In 15 generations, a modest investment in one child’s education multiplies into 33,000* educated people (*based on two children per family). This compounding math snowballs forever. We call this charitable leverage.
Our programs work. In the three student examples below we have sown the seeds for an endless legacy of education.