Don Heriberto Cocom Anthropology Scholarship

The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad – CELA-Belize, offers several field courses for anthropology students over the winter break and during the summer for an enriching study abroad experience in English-speaking Belize. The courses carry three credit hours, transferrable to home institutions with prior approval.

Don Heriberto Cocom was a well-known and greatly respected Maya traditional healer in the village of Bullet Tree Falls. He opened his medicine trails and workshop to local patients, interested visitors and students for many years. His healing practices included Maya prayers and blessings to bring out the healing powers during the preparations of remedies and treatments.

The scholarship can be applied to any of our programs.

Scholarship application deadlines (apply as early as possible, space in classes is limited):
     – October 1 for winter
     – April 1 for summer

CELA Scholarships

CELA Belize will sponsor scholarships for students in the field of anthropology in each period (one for winter and one for summer session). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course. Students may choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price.


  • Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university program
  • Students must be an active member of the American Anthropological Association,
  • Students applying for the scholarship will submit the following documents
    • A cover letter cover letter explaining their interests in anthropology, career plans, and how this trip will enhance their studies and move them forward toward their personal goals
    • A current resume highlighting any past healthcare volunteer experiences
    • An unofficial transcript from the student’s home college/university.

Evaluation Process for the Scholarship

CELA is looking for well-rounded students who have actively engaged in their communities and are clearly committed to a career in healthcare. While academic achievement is important, we will evaluate all documents submitted by the students.

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