www.drummondltd.com 17 Due to the Company’s college scholarships in the Departments of Cesar and Magdalena, young people from low-income families, who have a vision to continue serving their regions, can receive an education. During the second half of 2014, Juan de Jesús was able to take courses at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, the second most important university in Brazil. Through this program, Drummond has made a great contribution to Colombia. “MY DREAM WAS ALWAYS TO EARN A DEGREE.” Juan Martínez is only 20 years old, was born in Cartagena, and grew up in Aracataca. He is in his last year of civil engineering at Universidad del Magdalena. He credits God, his excellent grades, and the support from Drummond for making his dream a reality. “Regardless of whether or not I won the scholarship, I have always dreamed of getting a degree and giving my parents that satisfaction. The difference is, without this opportunity, I would have had to get a job to cover the costs of tuition, as well as room and board. For someone who doesn’t live in the city where he’s going to school, those costs can be higher than tuition itself,” Juan says with gratitude. His love of civil engineering is oriented toward construction processes and the satisfaction of completing a job. He has an additional focus of a social nature: “With this major you can transform the surroundings in which we operate, and improve them. You can take progress and quality of life to many regions of the country by building homes, roads, hospitals, schools, and water and sewage systems,” adds the student. Thanks to his excellent performance, Universidad del Magdalena, through the Dean’s office and the office of International Relations, gave him a scholarship to study a semester abroad. During the second half of 2014, Juan was able to take classes at Universidad Estatal de Campinas, the second most important University in Brazil. The program covered airline tickets, international health insurance, and room and board in the city. His short-term goals are to graduate, start postgraduate studies, and to improve his family’s living conditions. In addition, like hundreds of recent graduates, he wants to maintain his connection with Drummond and contribute to the development of his region.
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