On May 30, I was delighted to support exceptional university students in Colombia succeed by giving a presentation in Spanish to over 100 students on how to develop an impactful résumé, which included tips on how to communicate clearly and prepare for interviews. By providing the students with these critical skills, I sought to help instill the confidence they need to succeed in a professional setting.
These students, mostly first-generation university students, have overcome economic adversity and have shown the determination and perseverance to succeed scholastically. Many of them have succeeded despite the toll that Colombia’s internal conflict has brought on their families. Some of their families have had land destroyed or taken away, and many fathers have been injured or killed, prompting many students to drop out of school to work in order to support their families.
SERVUS, an organization that offers scholarships to low-income students, provides students studying agricultural engineering in Colombia much-needed funds for their university studies, allowing them to focus on their studies and alleviates their need to work part-time jobs.
Oscar Duque, co-founder of SERVUS, states that SERVUS has been funding the scholarships for over 10 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. SERVUS seeks to “help students from small villages and large cities, with limited financial means, by giving them a sense of hope and the power to change their lives through education.” Visit the SERVUS website to learn more about their mission, scholarships and how you may help.