Green Scholarship Program An Incredible Opportunity For Local Students!

BY: LISA VAUGHAN

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The Green Scholarship Program (GSP) is a community not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 by Patricia Pratt and her late husband, Arthur Pratt. Their initial mission was to create a program to help low-income young adults in Cabo San Lucas. Since then they have exceeded their expectations.

The GSP is accepting applications for the next scholarship program enrollment this February 2020. The program provides youth from the ages of 17 to 23 years of age scholarship grants for higher education. GSP has a year-round enrollment that provides education to 50 to 60 scholars. The program currently has 56 active students and 182 scholars have graduated from the top private and public universities since Green Scholarship's inception.

There are many disciplines of study to choose from such as Business Administration, Law, Nutrition, Financial Accounting, Culinary Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Languages, Systems Engineering, and Marine Biology.

GPS constantly re-evaluates and improves its programming because its goal is to identify niche areas that may have been overlooked or underfunded by other educational foundations. They seek ways to amplify the impact of the programs through cooperation with other organizations.

On January 18 I had the pleasure, privilege, and honor to be their "Key Note Speaker" of the month. The presentation was on Leadership. Forty-nine eager, excited upcoming graduate students listened and participated in the presentation, planning their careers, hopes, and dreams for the future. Delicious chocolate cake concluded the presentation that was coordinated by the entire GPS staff with the guidance of their new Executive Director, Vanessa Figueroa.

To apply as an applicant to the Green Scholarship Program, is a process but well worth the time and effort to have an opportunity to be granted a college tuition scholarship that covers 100 percent of tuition costs. The program offers much more than a college scholarship. Youth who are granted a scholarship become part of the GSP family in addition to their tuition. They receive assistance to purchase books, materials, attend monthly Life Skills Seminars along with English classes. Most importantly they are provided individualized support and mentoring.

A few of the required guidelines for student applicants is they need to live in Cabo San Lucas or Cabo San Jose, have a high school grade average greater than 9.0, an economic need, and not have any commitments during the university career. Additional commitments are they agree to comply with community service assignments and attend English classes daily along with scholarship activities and seminars.

The GSP Los San Cabos Office is located near the Puerto Paraiso Mall. For more information about the scholarship application process, you may visit their office or contact them on 634-105-0985 from Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. They may also be reached by going to www.gspcabo.org or by email at info@gspcaob.com.

The Bisbee's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund is a huge contributor to GSP. They formed the Marine Biology curriculum. Many other organizations have contributed too. If you wish to support GSP, you may go to their website - www.gspcabo.org.