Partners in Education
Mount St. Mary's University and the Reinaldo Macchi School
In December 2010, Mount alumnus Steve Morgan, C '64 and Dr. David Rehm, Mount St. Mary's provost, traveled to Paraguay to award the first full scholarships to students from the Reinaldo Macchi School in Tobati. The Recipients, Angel Rojas and Ariel Velasquez, graduated top of the school's inaugural class. They will join the Mount's Class of 2015.
Angel Rojas, Scholarship Recipient
Ariel Velasquez, Scholarship Recipient
The Macchi School was established in 2005 by Steve's son-in-law, Ronald Garcia. This private school fully subsidizes the education of promising students in this rural community located about an hour outside the capitol of Asuncion. To be accepted into the school, students must come from a poor family, be nominated by their sixth grade teacher, pass an entrance exam, and go through an in-depth interview. Students commit to rigorous academic curriculum including attending classes for nine hours a day with significant homework.
Although the scholarships cover the cost of their education, additional funds are needed to provide Angel and Ariel with the range of necessities college students require: transportation (round-trip airfare from Paraguay runs about $1,800), books, clothing for a northern climate, laptops, cell phones, basic supplies for classes and a dorm room, and other incidentals. The first year's need for each was about $11,000. Steve is leading the fundraising effort for Angel and Ariel. These promising young men come from extremely poor families and simply do not have the ability to pay for even basic needs. Please consider making a donation to ensure that they have the essentials needed to integrate into their new environment over the next four years.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Bob Brennan, vice president for university advancement at (301) 447-7432.
Thank you for considering a donation!