Meet El Salvador Scholarship Student, Karla

Karla is from the community of Cinquera and is 19 years old. She is currently in her second year of study at Catholic University of El Salvador and her field of study is Nursing.  She is expected to graduate in 2024 and her grade point average last semester was 7.3.

Karla lives with her parents and her sister. Her mother, Jivett, is 44, a homemaker and received a high school education.  Her father, Carlos, is 44, an electrician, and received a high school education.  Karla’s sister, Katya, is 18, a high school graduate, and is continuing her studies.

Below please read Karla’s comments about the Scholarship program, her challenges and her future plans.

WHAT IMPACT HAS THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HAD ON YOUR LIFE? The program has had a positive impact. I have access to university education thanks to the resources provided by the scholarship. Without the program, I wouldn’t have studied, as my mother doesn’t have a stable income, and my father’s salary is not enough to cover all the household expenses.

WHAT IMPACT HAS THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HAD ON YOUR COMMUNITY? Thanks to the support of the scholarship program, many young people have started and finished their university education. Thanks to that, the community continues to advance with professionals who are an important component in the development of Cinquera.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR GREATEST OBSTACLES IN ORDER TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION? The main obstacle is my family’s economic situation, as it’s not easy to cover all the university expenses, in addition, the household expenses are many, and my sister is also in school.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY? Contribute to my community and the country in general through my knowledge. I want to work and help my family economically.