100% FUNDING FOR ONE YEAR IN ECUADOR!
Application Deadline: November 13, 2021
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The Amaguaña Social Service Scholarship was created to help Manna Project International provide more underrepresented individuals with the opportunity to participate in a career- and life-enhancing experience abroad! Amaguaña Social Service Scholarship recipients will have the chance to volunteer with MPI as a Program Director for one year at our site in Ecuador.
Manna Project International’s Program Directors lead a variety of impactful programs designed to meet the specific needs and opportunities of underserved communities in Ecuador. MPI’s model creates a one-of-a-kind, impactful experience for our Program Directors and the communities we serve, and provides a unique opportunity to expand and build upon leadership skills while experiencing the challenges and rewards of international community development.
Manna Project International’s Amaguaña Social Service Scholarship is named in honor of Rosa Elena Tránsito Amaguaña Alba, usually called “Mama Tránsito” or Tránsito Amaguaña. As a tireless social justice leader for most of the 20th century in Ecuador, she organized severely marginalized communities of indigenous people and peasants to break key parts of the cycle of poverty.
Amaguaña persevered through poverty, systemic mistreatment as a Kichwa and a woman, and limited educational opportunities to champion economic livelihood, education and human rights for underserved locals. Born and most active in Pichincha province, where MPI has operated since 2007, Amaguaña led organizations and community programs, gained career skills in foreign countries, and won the prestigious national award, Premio Eugenio Espejo, in 2003. Several schools are named for her, and the president of Ecuador attended her funeral in 2009.
WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP?
The Amaguaña Social Service Scholarship was created to help MPI increase racial diversity at our organization and provide more underrepresented individuals with the opportunity to participate in a career- and life-enhancing experience abroad.
The Amaguaña Social Service Scholarship is designed for U.S. college students and recent college graduates who are part of the Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) community and have financial need. Award recipients will receive a full scholarship to volunteer with MPI as Program Directors in Ecuador for 1 year, providing the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally by:
- Directing community development programs.
- Receiving monthly training and mentoring in leadership and community development.
- Immersing in cross-cultural teamwork and a foreign language.
- Expanding their network through MPI teammates, Ecuadorian program participants, and some of MPI’s over 2000 alumni.
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION
To be eligible for the Amaguaña Social Service Scholarship, you must:
- Be part of the Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) community.
- Have financial need (as demonstrated by a FAFSA application or statement of need).
- Be able to commit to 12 months of service with MPI at our site in Ecuador.
To apply for the Scholarship, please follow these steps:
- Complete the Program Director Application form on MPI’s website (be sure to check the box at the top to indicate that you are applying for the scholarship).
- Submit an additional 1-2 paragraph personal statement explaining what you hope to accomplish with this scholarship and how the Program Director experience will help you reach your personal and/or professional goals.
- Submit proof of financial need (either a FAFSA for or a statement of need).
WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP COVERS:
Preliminary Language School
Community Home stays (*Covid permitting)
WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP DOES NOT COVER:
Flights to and from Ecuador
Extra spending money
What Manna Project Alumni are saying:
“Manna was an integral part of getting me to where I am now. Without the experience I got abroad, I can’t imagine getting the job I have now or getting into grad school. It taught me so much about putting what I had studied in undergrad into practice, and gave me real life experience. I talk about it all the time in interviews, as “fun facts” when you have to do those lame introduce yourself games, and just in every day conversation.” – Liz Rosenbaum, 5-month Program Director
“As a Program Director in Ecuador, I developed confidence in ways that have helped me continue to grow personally and professionally. Some examples:
-In Ecuador we were consistently adapting to challenges in order to find success.
-We were presented with multiple opportunities to step up and gain experience leading program, group or class.
-We learned firsthand the power and impact of building strong community alliances.” – Evan Quinell, 11-month Program Director