Maria T. “Maite” Castillo Scholarship & General Requirements

Available for eligible Ecuadorian-American students solely in the following states: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Alabama

Within our JUVE ESF Scholarships, the Maria T. “Maite” Castillo Scholarship was established in 2022 by Ecuadorian-American US Air Force Captain Israel J. Bracamonte Castillo in honor of his mother, Maria T. “Maite” Castillo, to promote the advancement of the Ecuadorian community through her unwavering belief that the greatest gift a parent can provide their children is their education.¬†

General Requirements

This $1,000 scholarship is intended to assist students who are residing (hometown) or studying in the following states – Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Alabama – in paying related expenses for their studies at educational institutions in the United States. One student will be selected as the recipient of the Maria T. “Maite” Castillo Scholarship. The scholarship is provided to a student seeking higher education regardless of immigration status. The organization will use information from the Department of Education and/or local universities to verify that students meet the criteria for these scholarships. Information on specific documents/application materials needed to be uploaded to the application can be found in their respective sections of the application (after the eligibility questions). The application and written application materials by student (ex. biography, essay, etc.) must be in English. The requirements to apply and participate in the scholarship competition are:

  • Must be an Ecuadorian citizen or of Ecuadorian descent
  • Must be residing in (hometown) or studying in the following states: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Alabama
  • Must be enrolled in – or accepted to – a program of study full-time in the fall and/or spring semesters of the 2022-2023 academic year at an accredited university in the United States
    • Exception: High school seniors interested in applying for the scholarship must plan to enroll in a university during the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must write an argumentative essay (must be no longer than a single page) on the chosen topic of this scholarship (see below)

Essay Topic:

What does it mean to be an Ecuadorian-American to you? Share any anecdotes of your personal story and how it relates to your unique position in life as an Ecuadorian-American.

The Maria T. “Maite” Castillo Scholarship contest will be open until Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

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