Funding a named scholarship is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a loved one’s memory or to create opportunities for students who are pursuing a specific field of study. Please email [email protected] if you would like more information on how you can create a named scholarship.

Stephen O. Murray Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Stephen O. Murray (1950-2019) a sociologist, anthropologist and independent scholar whose writings and personal life were devoted to advancing the cause of human rights. He wrote and contributed to more than 20 books and published studies in sociolinguistics, the history of social sciences, sexuality, and historical and cross-cultural studies of cultural and social forces that shape human behavior and identity throughout the world.

 In honor of Stephen’s extensive research and dedication to causes involving human behavior and human rights, the Stephen O. Murray Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who exemplifies outstanding character and leadership and demonstrates an interest in using their studies to advance causes involving human rights, civil rights, equality, justice, gender rights, civic participation, linguistic preservation, or cultural preservation.


The Scholarship Program for Rural Youth

CARI Scholarship

Members of the Collasuyu Archaeological Research Institute created this scholarship to encourage the study of Andean culture and hisotry. The scholarship will support students pursing studies in anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, and related fields that preserve and promote Andean culture.

The UCSB Anthropology Scholarship

This scholarship was founded by a group of anthropologists at the University of California- Santa Barbara to provide opportunities for students to pursue studies in anthropology or other fields related to cultural preservation and history.

The Jill Ker Conway Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Jill Ker Conway, former President of Smith College, author of The Road From Coorain and a leader in corporate reform. Conway was a leader in women’s education and had a lifelong commitment to expanding women’s leadership in that field as well as in the world of business and finance. She travelled to Peru in the late 1980s and developed a deep love for its rural areas.  The scholarship will provide support for a student in the field of education, nursing, or business administration.

Drs. Joseph E. and Helen J. Bourque Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Helen and Joseph Bourque and was established by their children and grandchildren. The Bourques met and married while at Cornell University and practiced medicine together for forty years. They visited Peru several times and traveled extensively in the sierra and the altiplano. They loved Peru, its vibrant culture and people. They would be delighted to know they are supporting educational opportunities for rural students.

Myron P. Glazer Scholarship in Social Sciences

This scholarship honors the memory of Myron P. Glazer with support for a student studying the social sciences or topics related to moral and ethical courage. His long standing interest in social reform and ethics began in Santiago, Chile where he conducted a study of Chilean University students. Throughout his years of teaching and writing he emphasized the resistance and courage of those attempting to improve their societies. Professor Glazer taught sociology at Smith College and in collaboration with his wife, Penina Glazer, wrote several groundbreaking books on whistleblowers and environmental crusaders. He was a lifelong feminist and co-directed the Project on Women and Social Change with Christine Shelton.

The David Scott Palmer Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Scott Palmer, a distinguished scholar of Latin American politics whose specialties included Peruvian politics. A Peace Corp volunteer in Peru in the 1960’s, he developed a deep affection for the sierra and its people. He spent much of his career as a beloved professor of politics and international relations at Boston University where he developed the Latin American Studies program and taught and inspired generations of students.

The Chijnaya Foundation is truly a model for collaborative, sustainable development, supporting rural communities in the Department of Puno to design and build better futures for themselves. The program of university scholarships exemplifies this spirit by opening a ladder of social and economic mobility to poor rural students. I’ve spent many rewarding seasons studying the rich archaeological heritage of these people and their lands, so supporting scholarships is a great way to help give back. – Elizabeth Arkush, CARI Scholarship Supporter

I am forever indebted to the rural altiplano communities who supported me during my archaeological fieldwork. By contributing to Chijnaya’s scholarship program, I can give back in a small way by helping the next generation of local scholars with their university studies.” – Sarah Abraham, UCSB Scholarship Supporter


Making a donation on behalf of someone is a great gift idea for the socially conscious people in your life and a beautiful way to honor a loved one’s memory. To donate on behalf of someone please add the “in honor of…” or “in memory of..” information in the section marked “special note” on the online donation form. We will send a card to the person you would like to honor to let them know that a donation was made on their behalf.


The Scholarship Program provides an average of 50 scholarships a year to high school graduates from the rural communities where we work to pursue higher education. A donation of $500 provides a student with a scholarship to attend a technical institute for one year and a donation of $800 provides a student with a scholarship to attend a university for one year. If you are interested in sponsoring a scholar, please contact us at [email protected]


When you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to The Chijnaya Foundation. You simply need to sign into your Amazon account through the AmazonSmile portal and select The Chijnaya Foundation as your charity of choice. It is an easy way to give back while you shop at no extra cost to you!


When you fundraise it not only helps fund community projects but also spreads awareness on the culture of altiplano communities, the challenges they face, and the work that is being done to assist them.  If you are interested in fundraising to support the projects in Peru, you can start a campaign through our GoFundMe page. You can also explore ideas on how to create a successful fundraising event on our fundraising page.


If you are interested in setting up a recurring monthly donation simply select the “Make this a recurring donation” box when you donate, and your donation will automatically be submitted each month.


 100% of your contribution goes directly to projects in Peru.

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