Mission: Euf's principal mission is to provide financial assistance and other support for the education of students attending earth university(escuela de agricultura de la regin tropical hmeda) and for earth's programs and initiatives in support of that education. Earth university is a non-profit four-year degree-granting institution with international administration, faculty, students, programs and initiatives. Earth and its students contribute to the sustainable development of the humid tropics through education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources, and the development of students as "catalysts for change," individuals with strong ethical and human values, social and environmental consciousness and an entrepreneurial mentality. Euf also fully embraces earth university's mission to "prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the humid tropics and construct a prosperous and just society. "
Programs: There were a number of projects and programs at earth university which received funding support from the foundation. Among the most supported include the community development program, research, internship support, student recruitment, and spanish language instruction. Such program support directly and indirectly benefitted all 407 students, as well as the communities surrounding the campus.
most students attending earth university come from rural parts of developing countries principally in latin america. Earth university's mission is to prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society. Fulfilling this mission is viewed as the best way to effect long-term change that brings sustainable solutions to the developing world. Euf undertakes to help secure funds for the university's financial aid program. In 2014 there were 407 students enrolled at earth university, 40% female, representing 35 countries. The foundation provided a combination of full and partial scholarships to 107 of these students, representing more than $2,066,809. Of the 107 students, 12 were new students enrolled in 2014 and expected to graduate in 2017. The newly enrolled students benefitting from this financial aid came from 6 different countries including colombia, costa rica, ecuador, haiti, nigeria, paraguay.
I have the honor of working with two of Earth University's alumni for the past four years. I admire their deep connection to their alma mater's beliefs and mission. They have inspired children at our school to become greener citizens by sponsoring The Green Team, a group of students that stay after school to go room by room to collect and dispose of paper for our city to recycle. These alumni celebrated last year's Earth Day by finding tree donors and having all of the schools in our learning commmunity plant trees. If you ask these two global citizens where their drive comes from to make all of us global thinkers as well they will inevitably trace their passion back to Earth University.
Ever since I first heard a presentation about Earth University, I've been in love with it's philosophy, educational approach and impact on those it reaches. Earth faculty (not just "recruiters) recruit students from small towns and villages, young community leaders that may not have ever gone far from home but have leadership potential.
During the first week of school they ensure that all students are able to share their expertise creating an environment of equity and respect that crosses economic and ethnic lines.
The curriculum includes a focus on sustainable agriculture, community service and entreprenurism. All students participate in a project that creates a product or service related to sustainable agriculture that earns money. The balancing of sustainable economic development and stewardship of the earth is what we need for future generations to have a viable place on this earth our common home.