Francisco Morazán, Honduras – In January 2021, ZAMORANO welcomed a cohort of six new students who have received scholarships provided by Coca-Cola. These students, members of the incoming Class of 2024, come to ZAMORANO from Ecuador, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. They represent a partnership between Coca-Cola Industrias Ltda. and ZAMORANO to enhance educational, economic, environmental and social development in Latin America.
Coca-Cola is committed to supporting sustainable community initiatives. Their programs in the communities include educating scholars, empowering women, protecting the environment, and enhancing communities. Within Central America and globally, water replenishment and recycling through their vision of World Without Waste are top priorities. Throughout 2020, Coca-Cola has also provided exceptional support to local organizations and vulnerable communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our support will ensure that fellows and their families have access to a much better future. At the same time, we aim to work with ZAMORANO and their students on projects that can help achieve sustainability goals, to help protect the environment”, explained Henrique Braun, President of Coca-Cola Latinamerica.
The scholarship recipients are likewise committed to making their communities stronger, and the world a better place. The students’ interests are diverse, but their long-term goals have much in common: they plan to use their ZAMORANO education to make a difference in the lives of others.
Today, they are pursuing their degrees and alre ady envisioning how they will deploy what they learn.
Inspired by a recycling project to learn about “each resource that Mother Nature offers us”, one of the scholars is motivated to promote soil health, and to teach farmers techniques that will make them more successful. Another budding entrepreneur plans to help establish sustainable micro-businesses in the region that will create safe jobs and increased income.
One aims to promote conservation practices that will lead to cleaner and healthier countries, and to raise environmental awareness in young people and children. Another has embraced reducing global warming as a personal mission and plans to “build an environmental company to take care of the environment and combat climate change.”
Though young themselves, these students feel a responsibility to those who follow them. After explaining that many young people are financially unable to continue their education, one said “After graduating I will do what I can for my country…to take care of my community and help young people to dream.”
ZAMORANO Interim President Luis Umaña Timms celebrates both the students and Coca-Cola investment in their future.
“ZAMORANO’s mission is to train leaders, with the goal of contributing to socioeconomic progress in the region”, he said. “Each of these students will do exactly that. We are proud to partner with Coca-Cola in the education of these students, and grateful for their generous contribution that is making that education possible.”
ZAMORANO is an international university and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that develops leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean through programs characterized by academic excellence, Learning by Doing and values and character development, with the goal of contributing to socio-economic progress in the region. ZAMORANO is recognized for the quality and impact of its graduates, education, applied research and outreach on the development of sustainable agriculture, agro industries and natural resources. For more information, visit www.zamorano.edu.
About The Coca-Cola Company
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