Physical distancing was not an impediment to sharing a heartfelt evening among benefactors, scholarship winners, and the educational community, all gathered with the same purpose of continuing to support more Salvadoran youth to fulfill their dreams of improvement through higher education.
For the Rector of the UDB, prof. Mario Olmos, SDB, over the years what initially could only be configured as a charity dinner has actually become not only an event that raises funds for the scholarship program, but also an opportunity to renew the meaning of what it means to help others and an opportunity for young fellows and benefactors to meet and exchange experiences.
The more than 80 benefactors who attended the event were able to learn about the success stories of the fellows Héctor and Ernesto Martínez, originally from the department of Santa Ana.
Héctor, a graduate in Aeronautical Engineering, and Ernesto, a student of the same course, shared their testimony of how the scholarship they received from the UDB transformed their lives and presented the path they had to travel to achieve their dreams. Héctor, from a humble family, dedicated to fruit and vegetable farming, and Ernesto, who loves to volunteer with the elderly, did not even hope to be able to continue their studies after school. But their curiosity, the desire to learn, the commitment to find how and where to follow their dreams, the courage to try ... and the support of Salesians and benefactors, made the difference.
For Andrea Martínez, an Electrical Engineering student, a scholarship goes beyond financial support: “it teaches us to grow as a person, to be self-taught and makes us appreciate more the possibility of studying and continuing to fight to be professionals in the next future. It's a responsibility and to a certain extent it's also a challenge, ” she said.
Don Bosco University thanks the benefactors, the educational community, the past pupils and the scholarship students who were present at the Probecas event, "It is Good to Give Education", with which it is possible to continue to provide opportunities for study, formation and growth to the younger.