Fourteen students from different parts of Peru have been granted scholarships to study in France as of next year, within the broad Beca 18 scholarship program for higher education.
Three of the students are from the central jungle region of Huanuco.
Noe Rosas, 20, born in Tocache to a family of farmers and the youngest of four children, will be transferring from his current studies in food industries at the Agrarian University in Huanuco, to follow his dream career in civil engineering.
Gabriel Aguilar, 19, born in Moyobamba and also from a family of farmers, is also at the Agrarian University in Huanuco and will complete his studies in agriculture in France.
The third student is Kati Misaico, 22, who grew up in the hamlet of Chango in the high Andes of the Pasco region, harvesting corn and potatoes and taking care of the family sheep and guinea pigs. Currently a boarder at the Hermilio Valdizan University in Huanuco, where she is studying to be a systems engineer, she will complete her studies in computer and software engineering at a French university.
The government’s scholarship program for higher education provides local and international scholarships in the sciences and technology to underprivileged young people who show exceptional standards in their school and early university studies. The government, through cooperation agreements with private and state universities in Peru and abroad —mostly in Australia, Cuba, France and Honduras— covers the full cost of studies, travel and living expenses as well as the preparation stages of language lessons and remedial courses.
At the beginning of this year, 174 students were granted scholarships to different universities abroad.