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Programa de Becas Martires

Fr. Dean Brackley, SJ organized a scholarship program, Programa de Becas Martires/Martyrs Scholarship Program, at the Central American University (UCA) in El Salvador in the mid-1990s. On the 10th Anniversary of his death, the Project El Salvador Board decided to make a $10,000 donation to the program in his memory. Read more about Fr. Dean below.

We continue to accept donations for the program throughout the year. 100% of donations received go directly to the program in El Salvador. 

You can follow the Programa de Becas Martires on Facebook.

Dean Brackley, S.J. Commemorative Scholarships

At Project Salvador’s 25th Anniversary celebration we were saddened to learn of the passing of Dean Brackley, S.J. Fr. Dean went to El Salvador to live and work in place of the Jesuits who had been murdered in 1989. He wound up spending the rest of his life there. Those who participated in Project Salvador delegations to El Salvador over the years remember their visits with him at La Universidad Centroamericana during which he recounted the story of the murder of the Jesuits and their housekeeper and her daughter. He also spoke to us of the current political, economic, social and cultural conditions of El Salvador. More than that, Fr. Dean bore testament to the healing power of the poor for our own lives. In his conversations with delegates and in his books, he invited us to let the poor “break our hearts”. For many those trips offered an immeasurably rich, transformative experience.

Fr. Dean not only taught at the university in San Salvador, he worked in a parish about 50 miles outside of the city. He was dedicated to helping young people get an education that would not only prepare them to find work, but would transform them to work for justice in their own communities and the world. He was greatly concerned that his work securing scholarships for young people not end with his death.

To commemorate Dean Brackley’s life and work, Project Salvador has established a scholarship fund in his name. We hope you will join in supporting young people in their education. Simply click on the “donate” button and indicate that you want your donation to benefit the Dean Brackley, S.J., Commemorative Scholarships.

While Fr. Dean’s death is a great loss for so many, we trust that our shared experience working for peace, justice and improved lives in El Salvador continues to stir hope in our hearts that the world can indeed be transformed through good work, even in the face of great suffering and injustice.

We invite you to watch this tribute to Fr. Dean below (in Spanish with English subtitles-easily read in Full Screen mode).

Papaturro Community Scholarships

Board member Patty Lawless maintains a small scholarship program for the youth in the rural community of Papaturro in northcentral Cuscatlán. Starting in high school students receive a $75 annual scholarship to cover costs of books, materials, transportation and food. After completing high school, students are eligible to apply for college scholarships of $500-$1000 annually (depending on whether they are attending a public or private university).

All students perform 90 hours of service in the community every year, providing important support and leadership in many aspects of community life including youth organizing, staffing the community library, and participation in the liturgy committee for the community chapel and the environment committee organizing recycling and community cleanups throughout the year.

Since 1999 more than 110 students have participated in the scholarship program. To support the students of Papaturro, please earmark your contribution for "Papaturro scholarships."
2018 Papaturro Scholarship students

Project El Salvador Scholarship Program Update

In May 2021 the Project El Salvador Scholarship Program transitioned to new fiscal sponsorship:

The scholarships coordinated through Tony Gasbarro and John Kukankos are now administered through ConTextos based in Chicago.

The San Pedro Nonualco scholarships are now coordinated by Lucas Garcia and administered through Pazitos based in New York.