Scholarships News

Mano en Mano offers financial assistance to students so that they may achieve their higher education goals. Mano en Mano currently provides the Julia Robiola Gigena Memorial Scholarship.

Initial applications are due June 15th, 2019. Renewal Applications are due June 30th, 2019 (contact Christina Ocampo for renewal instructions).


We strongly encourage applicants to contact us about their intention to apply and with any questions regarding the application process.

Scholarship Mission Statement

This scholarship was established to provide financial aid to students from Washington County, Maine, who self-identify as Latino and who wish to pursue a two or four year college or university degree.

About the Scholarship

Julia Robiola Gigena (1942-1976)

Julia was a Chilean national but a citizen of the world.  She spoke Spanish, English, French and Italian fluently.  She saw herself as a servant attending to others needs.  She was patient, determined, passionate and self-disciplined.  Her sense of humor was captivating, her intelligence was brilliant.  Her entire life was molded by her intense faith in a God she saw as a personal friend.

Julia was an artist and, out of stone and clay, sculpted small children happily playing.  She was a musician, a poet, a nurse and a freedom fighter.  Through her art and work she built her influence into others’ character.  She always gave the gift of self.

She left behind two tiny children when her life tragically ended far too early.  She also left behind many people whose lives were forever changed by knowing and loving her.

It is the hope that this scholarship in her memory will allow her ideas and ideals to live on and help the recipient to be able to say at the end, “The dream is true.”

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