Greetings - Bienvenidos
 
 
Welcome to the Magdalena Foundation, Inc. (MFI) web page.

Colombia is a country with complex social problems, high unemployment and cost of living, where access to higher education has become a myth for those with scarce resources. For these reasons, MFI wants to provide college opportunities to poor but meritorious students who otherwise would not realize their potential.

MFI is an Non Governmental Organization (NGO) registered in the state of Virginia, USA, under the non-profit charter, section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. Its board works on a voluntary basis. MFI assigns 90% of its resources directly to the scholarship program. MFI students are encouraged to become actively involved in the solution of problems that affect their own communities.

MFI believes that proper education will empower its scholars to become model citizens because during their academic career, with the assistance of a sister NGO, Fundehumac, they receive training to become leaders and part of the solution of the problems that affect their communities.

IMPORTANT. MF, Inc. awards multiple scholarships each year and payments are made on a semester basis. However, our scholarships do not properly address a student´s needs thoughout the year. Some students have to walk long distances to go to school and skip meals for lack of resources. Due to the cooperation with Fundehumac, all our students appeal to this organization for guidance and needed support. For this reason, we welcome any additional support to try to improve our program.

MFI invites you to become acquainted with its work and perhaps you will join us to attain our ideals.

Bienvenidos a la página web de la Fundación Magdalena, Inc, (FM, Inc.).

Colombia es un país con problemas sociales complejos, alto desempleo y costo de vida, donde el acceso a la educación superior se ha convertido en un mito para aquellos(as) con escasos recursos económicos.  Por estas razones, la FM, Inc, desea ofrecer oportunidades para ir a la universidad a estudiantes pobres pero académicamente meritorios, quienes no hubieran podido realizar su verdadero potencial.
MF, Inc., es una Organización No Gubernamental (ONG) registrada en el estado de Virginia, Estados Unidos de América, como una entidad sin ánimo de lucro, en la sección 501 (c) (3) del Código Tributario Nacional.  La Junta Directiva de la FM, (Inc.) trabaja voluntariamente.  La FM, (Inc.) asigna el 98.8% de sus recaudos al programa educacional.  Como requisito, se espera que los becarios contribuyan activamente en la solución de los problemas que afectan sus comunidades.
La Fundación Magdalena, Inc., cree que con una educación apropiada sus becarios serán facultados para  convertirse en ciudadanos modelos porque durante su carrera académica, con la asistencia de FUNDEHUMAC, su hermana organización en Santa Marta, Colombia, ellos(as) reciben formación integral para convertirles en parte de la solución de los problemas que afectan sus entornos.
IMPORTANTE.  Las becas de MF, Inc. son múltiples cada año y los pagos se entregan semestralmente.  Sin embargo, nuestras becas no cubren todos los gastos de un estudiante.  Algunos estudiantes tienen que cubrir largas distancias para ir a la escuela y dejan de comer por falta de recursos.  Debido a la alianza con Fundehumac, todos los estudiantes acuden a esta organización para encontrar el apoyo necesario para seguir adelante.  Por esta razón, damos bienvenida a cualquier apoyo adicional para así poder mejorar nuestro programa.
Le  invitamos a que se familiarice con nuestro trabajo y ojalá nos ayude a realizar nuestros ideales.

 
Updates
 

Scholarships Award - July 2018

 
 

The ceremony took place in Santa Marta, Colombia, on July 14, at Fundehumac’s Museum and Training Center.   There were 16 students who received scholarships and this time female students surpassed the males.  There are two female students in fashion design; one Wayuu female studies culinary arts and one girl is a tourism and hotel management major; one Wiwa girl is a Spanish major and she is already teaching in her community’s elementary school. 

 

 

 

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Scholarships Award - January 2018
 
 

The ceremony took place at the Museum of Historical Memory.  This is also the mentoring center that Fundehumac built to have workshops and for children and older students to meet to work on community initiatives.


This event was heavily attended by parents, friends and representatives of the World Arc Cruising Club with headquarters in London, England.  This was their fourth visit to the program and they made a nice donation to Fundehumac.

 

 

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Scholarships Award - July 2017
 
 
The award ceremony took place on July 15, at Fundehumac’s mentoring center.  At this event, Christina Vergara-Andrews was welcomed as the new president of the Magdalena Foundation, Inc.  Last year, Haroldo L. Suarez, who was MFI’s president for 17 years, stepped down.  This brings a younger generation to the board. Mr. Suarez will remain as a board member with the purpose to provide a smooth transition.
As mentioned in the January report, Sindy Paola Barrera and Vanesa Jimenez graduated as pre-school teachers in March. Angeline and Thelmaris Castro obtained their diplomas in Education and Civil Engineering and Elvira Bermudez obtained her diploma in pre-school.  This brings a total of five students who leave the program

 

 

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Scholarships Award - January 2017
 
 
This year the ceremony took place on January 15, at Fundehumac’s Community Center.  There was a large attendance and about 18 members of the Sailing Club World Arc from London, England visited the ceremony for the third time.  They gave a donation.
The Magdalena Foundation, Inc. (MFI) welcomed four new students to the program: Salvadora Bornachera to study cuisine, Jose Antonio Bolivar, anthropology, Anuar Sepulveda, computer systems and Maria Rey, fashion design.  Ana Rey brings an unusual change to the program because she is an adult who lost her land and family and was left with a six months old grandchild.

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Scholarships Award - JULY 2016
 
 

The ceremony took place, on July 9, 20016, at the Community Center built by Fundehumac, in the Villa del Carmen barrio.  The construction of the center was possible thanks to donations from friends who subscribe to the principle that education is the only option out of poverty.  In the U.S., Friends of Colombia (FOC), made generous contributions and they are co-sponsors of the Paso a Paso program which provides resources to 35 children who are in the elementary and secondary levels of schooling.  When a Paso a Paso student graduates from high school, MFI welcomes him/her into the college level scholarship program.

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