In an effort to answer the question “How far can she go?” and reach our goal of ensuring that each Girl Pioneer obtains 15+ years of education, Starfish provides information and guidance to every girl who wishes to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities. We employ a full-time staff member who works one-on-one with Girl Pioneers to navigate the complexity of scholarship applications and university enrollment.
Through the Quetzal University Fund (QF), launched by Ted and Connie Ning in February 2015, full-ride university scholarships have been awarded to 33 Starfish graduates. The mission of this fund is to ensure that high-achieving Starfish students can pursue post-secondary education, regardless of their economic circumstances. We aim to prepare young women to become agents of change in their communities, their country, and our world. For more information and our newsletter click here.
Though the Quetzal University Fund is the primary source for scholarships, we partner with a range of organizations—She’s the First, Progressa, and FEPMaya—to provide external university scholarships.
If you wish to make a direct contribution to our Quetzal Fund program, please click here. If you prefer to send a check, please make a note that your donation is restricted to “The Quetzal University Fund.”
Thank you for your support!