CoCoDA is commited to the education of youth in rural Central American communities by supporting their efforts to continue their studies in primary, high school and university. We do this by building schools, supporting teachers and providing scholarships.

In 2019, the scholarship program in Zacataloza, Nicaragua continued to provide seven deserving scholars the opportunity to continue their secondary education as well as facilitate the attendance of one community member to a university nursing program. These young people, selected and monitored by the Community Scholarship Board, serve as sign of hope and possibility for their families and this rural community.

On September, the students received the second payment of the scholarship. They gathered in the Municipally of Ocotal, the closest city to Zacataloza, to buy what they needed to finish with this school year, which ends in December. The Community Scholarship Board and the Nicaragua Community Movement, CoCoDA’s local partner, gathered the student’s grades and – after review – decided that all seven students had met the grading criteria and deserved to receive the second half of the scholarship (about a $125 value).