The scholarship program is an integral part of the work of CRIPDES. Because of these scholarships, young people who demonstrate leadership capacity and economic need have access to a high school or university education. The more than 70 scholarship students from different regions receive anywhere from $20-$150 a month, which helps cover part of the costs of transportation, supplies, and tuition.

Scholarship recipients sign an agreement between their local community council, the CRIPDES regional office, and their parents, to contribute service hours to local or regional organizing efforts.  In addition, students participate in a wide variety of organizing and advocacy activities. These scholarships not only provide access to formal education, they supplement academic education with social and organizational education!