MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.
 
DONATE BY MAIL OR PHONE:
If you prefer to donate by mail, please make check payable to Maya Educational Foundation and send to:
 
Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
 
Or call us at:
 
Tel. (508) 349-1330
 
The Maya Educational Foundation supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and sustains programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.

 

         
FEPMaya (Fundación para Estudios y Profesionalización Maya)
Scholarship Program for University Students (Guatemala) 

 
MEF’s original work started with university scholarships in Guatemala. The students were selected by a group of educated Maya professionals who organized a Comité de Becas Mayas. Over the course of time this committee has been folded into a larger group, the Fundación para Estudios y Profesionalización Maya (FEPMaya) which now has its own non-profit organization status in Guatemala.  


FEPMaya students visit the archaeological site of Iximche,
ancient capital city of the Kaqchikel Maya people of Guatemala

FEPMaya’s Comité de Becas selects the students to receive MEF scholarships and provides resources and workshops to help them reach their goals. This course of “parallel education” includes monthly student meetings, talks and workshops organized by the students, particularly with a focus on Maya history and culture, and remedial instruction when needed.

Students find a receptive home base in the FEPMaya office. They also find that learning about the experiences of former students in coping with the biases and discrimination against Mayas in the university system helps them cope with similar problems. In selecting students, a preference is given to women to correct the general imbalance toward men in Guatemalan society, and students are expected to be proficient in the Mayan language of their village.

To date, over 130 students have graduated with their licenciatura degrees in a variety of fields: medicine, psychology, law, education, economics, public accounting, sociology, business administration, linguistics, engineering, agronomy, and the like.

MEF scholarships enable these young people to attend the university, to make progress in their career plans, and to have the time to carry out important investigations and thesis writing necessary to complete their degrees. There is always a greater need for scholarship funds. The cost is approximately $200 a month to keep a Maya student enrolled at the university level. Your gift will make an incredible difference to a Maya student.

To find out more about the application process for scholarships in Guatemala, please contact:
 
FEPMaya (Fundación para Estudios y Profesionalización Maya) 
50 Avenida "C" 3-58, Zona 2 de Mixco
Colonia Molino de las Flores 
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tel. +502-2435-3772 / 2435-3967
 

Maya Educational Foundation • P.O. Box 1483 • Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA
Tel. (508) 349-1330 • Fax (508) 349-0252 • mef@mayaedufound.org