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In 2011, the Pro-UNI - a brazilian governmental program designed to increase the representation of low-income high-school students in private undergraduate programs - reported a drop-out rate of 25% for the nearly 1 million benefited students receiving full or partial tuition waivers since 2005. This scenario points to the existing myriad of challenges low-income students face that extend beyond the financial helm. We believe that these scholars - if supported additionally with financial, psychological, career counseling, and academic advising services - can become effective agents in our society to cultivate a sustainable community.
“To provide an infrastructure of services that fosters the formation of an increasing number of low-income college students aware of the sustainability challenges of our society, seeking to create a community – of students, alumni, investors, sponsors, angels and partners – to support this model in a self-sufficient way and constantly drive change towards a world where peace, sustainability and education advance hand-in-hand.”
Selects undergraduate students from a low-income background registered in a partner top Brazilian university with a 100% tuition waiver secured for his/her college studies - such as those offered by the Pro-UNI. The selection criteria focuses on applicants interested in one or more aspects of environmental, economical, social and cultural sustainability demonstrated through its life and career. Connects sponsors, partners, fellows and peers, and our staff through an interactive online platform exposing media materials on candidates available for funding and progress reports on current fellows, supporting transparency in multiple levels. Provides additional financial, psychological, academic, professional and personal development services routinely for selected fellows, accompanying the full helm of factors that determine one’s success while strengthening one’s freedom and the community laces.