We believe in the power of young people to foster change in their communities.
Our scholarship programme works in partnership with local public high schools to provide opportunities for high-potential, low-income students in Honduras to pursue secondary and post-secondary education.
In the “zonas cafetaleras” (coffee zones) of Trinidad, Santa Bárbara, most schools only go up to 6th grade. After primary school, the majority of students from these communities start to work. According to the World Bank, only 43% of students in Honduras finish 9th grade, let alone their “bachillerato” (12th grade) diploma. In rural areas like the ones where we work, this percentage is even lower. Opportunities to attend post-secondary education such as university are practically non-existent.
We believe that sponsoring high-potential students from low-income backgrounds to pursue high school and post-secondary education is key to ensuring inclusive and equitable opportunities to education and thus the long-term sustainable development communities need to thrive.
High School Scholarships
The greatest barrier impeding students from the mountain villages in accessing high school is distance: the high schools in Trinidad center are too far away to walk to from the surrounding villages, and transport is too expensive. We have set up a bus system to pick up and drop off students each morning and evening. We also provide our high school scholars with uniforms, school materials, and mentorship. All high school scholars gather at our Youth Center on Saturdays to participate in community-engagement activities focused on global citizenship, literacy, environmental awareness and leadership.
Meet our 2022 High School Scholars here!
University and Post-Secondary Scholarships
University scholars are selected based on their academic potential, personal motivation, desire to give back to their community, and economic need. Through the programme, we support students financially by paying for study materials and tuition fees as well as through logistical and social and psychological support. Students have quarterly check-ins with our programme manager and local representative, and we also get to know their families. We make sure to provide the personal support needed to help each individual student thrive in their selected career.
With a university degree, the students we support gain not only an education that changes their life and the opportunities available to them, but also affects their families and communities, as well as changing cultural norms and expectations in Honduran society at large.
While studying, students also return to their former primary and secondary schools to give school talks about the opportunities that educate.’s scholarship programme provides, and they organize workshops for younger students across educate.’s network of school libraries.
“I think studying makes you a different person. You are taken into consideration by society and you develop as a person in the best way. If you study you can also help your family and you have so many more opportunities. By becoming an industrial engineer, I can go on to run a business, supervise people, or so many things! It’s such an opportunity.”
“It has cost me a lot to graduate from high school. When someone from educate. arrived at my school and said you had a scholarship to support young people who had the dream of continuing studying, I was so happy. I want to graduate from university and to be the first in my family to obtain a university degree.”
On April 20th, 2022, our scholarship student Stephanie Marie Chevez Palma passed away.
Stephanie was educate.’s first scholarship student. She was an ambitious, kind-hearted and quietly striving young woman. Her loss is an enormous tragedy.
Stephanie was studying medicine and was half way through the fifth year of her studies in an eight year degree. Despite her passing, she set a great example for the scholars to come.