Melissa Yessenia Cruz Flores, is 24 years old, her parents are Mr. Víctor Cruz Alvarado and Mrs. Maribel Flores Cruz, Melissa is one of the many young people of the municipality of San Juan del Sur who benefited from receiving a grant from the Foundation A. Jean Brugger She finished secondary school at Instituto Emmanuel Mongalo y Rubio in 2011. She was accepted into the program in 2012 when she was 18 years old.
"At the end of high school the decisions of my future depended exclusively on me and the commitment I had to the goals that I had set for myself as a child, it was a moment when they stopped being dreams and became actions to see results and that is when through my beloved aunt Dorita the opportunity to be part of the foundation was presented, at that moment my aunt, being a foundation grant holder, decideds to sacrifice her scholarship for me so that I could apply for the scholarship process. " - Melissa Cruz
Melissa came from a family of limited financial resources. Since she was a child she had to face great challenges to continue with her studies, one of them was to walk great distances to attend school. Her parents are dedicated and hard-working people, her mother is a housewife and her father works in the fields, they tried to instill in Melissa moral and social values, which made her a woman who would contribute positively to society.
"I must say that the impetus and the desire to always do things better are my family's legacy to me, from my early childhood to see my parents get up at the first crowing of the rooster with all the spirit of starting a new day of work, the commitment to improve the economic situation of the family, THIS is what drives me to be better every day. "- Melissa Cruz
Melissa was a student of the scholarship program for 5 years. She studied Industrial Engineering at the National University of Engineering (UNI) in Managua. She was sponsored by Terry and Diana Reid of the United States of America for 4 years, the last year of her career was sponsored by Dr. Gregory Houston and Karen Dovey. Melissa maintained excellent
communication with her sponsors.
“The Foundation is more than a project, it is a family, coexistence between scholarship studentss, sponsors and staff is amazing". - Melissa Cruz
Melissa graduated as an Industrial Engineer last year, before graduating she started working in a company in Managua, she was part of post sales team, she worked for 2 years in this company. In November of this year Melissa emigrated to Spain, to study for a Masters in Process Management and Quality. At this stage of her life she faces new challenges and has big goals. She is an example to follow for many young people, because despite all the difficulties that she faced throughout her life as a student, she has managed to fulfill her dreams and goals. The members of Fundación A. Jean Brugger, are very happy and proud of Melissa.
"I am leaving everything known and safe to go in search of the next step. I dream of, at some point in my life in the future, being able to stand up in front of a group of young people like me now and telling them to do it, and maybe I can plant in them the desire to want to continue in this unceasing struggle to live. This in summary is what I am" - Melissa Cruz
"Thank you very much for giving young people like me the opportunity to dream and realize our dreams given from their kind hands, here in Nicaragua they are planting in fertile soil, please continue to dream with us ". - Melissa Cruz
Assisting San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, through education and opportunity