50 Great Reasons From Villagers to Scholars

50 Great Reasons Campaign


Help Us Change Lives Through Education

Help nurture the young, aspiring minds of rural Guatemala, where the average household income is $2 per day. This year, Roots and Wings International (RWI) is aiming to raise full-tuition university scholarships for 50 deserving youths. Your help will provide these students with the opportunity to pursue a future beyond subsistence farming and contribute to the development of their communities.

Currently, RWI has 24 scholars in the full-tuition university scholarship program. In 2010, we received 40 applications but were only able to award scholarships to six applicants.

Our scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic promise, and commitment to promoting the development of indigenous communities. All scholars are expected to find employment to cover the cost of books, supplies, transportation and registration fees.


Meet Bartolo, an RWI Scholar in His Own Words

"Roots and Wings [International] is the opportunity of my life. They have helped so much in my family. We are several siblings and my parents do not have any income. One of my brothers fell sick and we had to invest a lot in him, because his illness lasted for many years. For the past 4 years I have been paying for two of my brother's expenses. One of them is training to become a teacher, the other finished school this year and I'm thinking about him applying to college, something I can't afford just yet because I have another sister to provide for. I want them to be like me. Thanks to the [RWI] scholarship, I have been able to get a job that allows me to provide for an education for my siblings."


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About Roots and Wings International

Roots & Wings International promotes sustainable development through education, training and technology. We offer three educational programs – University Scholarships, Computer Literacy and After-School Tutoring – to help students from rural Guatemala work towards the development of their native communities.

Roots & Wings International (RWI) was started in 2004 by Erik Swanson, then the director of a high school in rural Guatemala. After working for two years in the village of Pasac, Erik saw the amazing potential of the indigenous youth first hand. He became convinced that all people are incredibly capable and that education was the best tool to empower indigenous communities to break the cycle of poverty. Erik offered his students full-tuition scholarships if they went on to study at a university in their area.  From this promise, the Roots & Wings International scholarship program was born.



Our scholars are the first in their family to study beyond elementary school. Watch our video "University Scholars."




























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