An Azteca scholarship covers registration, tuition, and school supplies. Along with significant financial need, the only other prerequisite for Plantel Azteca students is to maintain a 8.5 (out of 10) grade point average while attending the school.
In addition to regular courses, Plantel Azteca also offers 600 hours of computer training and English lessons a year, allowing students to graduate as computer technicians or database programmers after three years if they cannot afford to continue their studies. The job-oriented program is combined with a comprehensive approach to education.
Once the students graduate, Fundacion Azteca plans to provide grants for those wishing to continue on to university. For those students who choose to work, the organization is looking to establish a job market, listing employment opportunities within the Salinas group of companies.
As an initiative that involves the community, on weekends the school is open to the students' parents, and a variety of classes are offered. These Saturday counseling sessions range from computer science classes to children's health and safe sex to literacy classes. The classes are designed so that parents can, in turn, reinforce their child's education.
As the traditional notion of philanthropy increasingly gives way to the practice of corporate citizenship and social responsibility, education is at the forefront of businesses' efforts to help build productive and prosperous communities.
Fundacion Azteca decided to participate in a program to aid Mexico's development after evaluating numerous types of community and social support programs. The decision to support Plantel Azteca was based on its strong impact at a national level as well as its focus on Mexico's neediest communities.
Plantel Azteca is Mexico's first and only fully-funded and privately run school for gifted children from poor families, and is a program that reflects Fundacion Azteca's core value of learning and its belief that education is the most important tool to improve the quality of life of Mexico's citizens.
Each year Plantel Azteca opens its doors to provide an average of 2,500 low income students with a high quality education. This involvesan investment of $4,400 per year per student. All of the students that are admitted to Plantel are granted ascholarships that involve having academic and human education with a wide range of activities: cultural, recreational, musical, ecological, altruistic and sports, plus school supplies and uniforms.
Plantel Azteca needs financial resources to give more low income students the opportunity to receive a quality education with values and academic excellence. Each year, the commitment makers seek to provide students with more benefits and more Azteca scholarships.