Providing access and support to higher education has long been a goal of Mano en Mano. We are pleased to offer the Julia Robiola Gigena Memorial Scholarship which provides $5,000 a year, renewable for four years conditional on maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship was established to provide financial aid to students from Narraguagus and Sumner High School who self-identify as Latino and who wish to pursue a two or four year college or university degree.
The scholarship was named for 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.”
Mano en Mano granted the first scholarship in June 2013, and we look forward to granting the next this coming June. Applications must be postmarked by June 1st. For more information about the scholarship, or to download the application packet, please visit our Scholarships page.