Elida I.

Elida I.

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Community: Patzun
Grade: 7
Birthday: February 21, 2006
Favorite Subject: Math, because it’s easy to learn and work with numbers.

Dream: My dream is to continue studying so I can be a bilingual secretary, because I like to learn and speak English.

Biography: I have one older sister, Karla, who has received a COED scholarship and is in 8th grade. My mom is very committed and made an extraordinary effort so Karla could get a scholarship. My dad is an alcoholic, and he doesn’t offer any financial support. My mom embroiders clothing to support our family, but she is unable to pay for my tuition. I work weekends planting peas or broccoli earning $1.50 a day. We don’t have much in our house, and we don’t have a phone. We also don’t own land to farm so we have to buy all the food we eat, which is another expense for our family. Despite our financial situation, I am an outstanding student, and I have had the highest averages in my classes in previous years. Without the COED scholarship, I would have to continue working on the weekends until 9th grade. After 9th grade, I would have to drop out to work full time. My mother would love for me to continue my studies because she doesn’t want me to work in the fields. She believes the best inheritance she can give me is a high school diploma and a job.

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