Life deals CFCA scholar tragedy, triumph
October 4, 2011
Juan Rene, 20, did not let a lack of financial resources dampen his dream of attending the most prestigious agricultural school in Honduras: Escuela Agricola Panamericana El Zamorano.
Juan Rene, from Honduras, recently graduated with a degree in
agriculture. He is a CFCA scholar.
Ten years in the CFCA sponsorship program in the community of Suyapa, Honduras, taught him to aim high. Juan Rene also received a CFCA scholarship.
The CFCA scholarship helped pay for Juan Rene to begin his studies at a public university, but it would not be enough to cover the $15,000 annual tuition at the private Zamorano university.
Juan Rene knew his mother would be proud if he was accepted at Zamorano, but she was dying of cancer and he wasn’t certain she would live to see him graduate.
Still, he dreamed of attending Zamorano.
"I decided to call and ask for an admission test," Juan Rene said. "Later, I did everything I could to obtain a scholarship to this very prestigious university."
His persistence paid off. Zamorano awarded Juan Rene a full scholarship.
His mother died a few days after he started at the university. Juan Rene graduated this past spring as an engineer in agricultural administration.
"I am very happy to have been directly part of CFCA," Juan Rene said. "The day is not far when I will return something as someone who is prepared for society."
Read more of Juan Rene's story on our blog.