The Chijnaya Foundation has offered scholarships since 2007 to high school graduates to pursue higher education in regional technical schools or universities.
The Foundation’s scholarship students are pursuing advanced training in a variety of fields, including nursing, agronomy, anthropology, accounting, civil engineering, mining engineering, sociology, auto mechanics, k-12 teaching, tourism, information technology, and business administration.
In 2018, 53 young scholars received partial funding to cover the costs of room, board, and books. The 2018 scholarship winners come from 22 communities in the Altiplano.
A donation to the Chijnaya Foundation of $800 provides a full university scholarship for one year; $500 provides a full scholarship at a technical institute. Most of our young scholars receive partial scholarships.
A recent article in Spanish published in Antropología Andina Muhunchik – Jathasa. V. 4, Nº 1, enero – junio 2018 outlines challenges and successes of this program as of 2015: “¡Qué difícil es llegar a ser profesional! Experiencias de jóvenes becarios de origen quechua en la educación superior en Perú; How difficult it is to become a professional!” Experiences of Quechua youths
who received scholarships to pursue higher education in Peru,” by Enrique Rivera Vela.