MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.
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.


The Ben & Lois Paul Scholarship Program
for Tz'utujil Students

This program was created in memory of the Pauls to honor their more than 50 years of social science research centered in San Pedro la Laguna. The Pauls were so beloved by the Tz’utujil Maya of San Pedro that they named the community school in their honor.

María Sol and her parents the day of her graduation

Our scholarships reach out to the area behind the mountains of San Pedro to provide support for Tz’utujil young people of Chicacao and San Miguel Panan in Suchitepéquez to attend school in San Pedro and elsewhere. Our challenge is to work in collaboration with our contributors and other organizations and to find the funds necessary to make these dreams of education a reality.

Interview to one of the students 
in this program:

For a full size version of the video, 
go to our Videos page.
The Tz’utujil speaking region of Guatemala encompasses most of the Department of Sololá, including the villages around Lake Atitlán like San Pedro la Laguna, and some of the Department of Suchitepéquez, particularly the municipios of Chicacao and San Miguel Panan. This area is on the Pacific coastal plain and is less well known than the Lake. 


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