Chamber of Commerce Commemorates 15th Anniversary of its Scholarship Fund for Students with Special Needs

Hundreds have benefited from this financial aid to support their higher education careers.

July 22, 2022 (San Juan, P.R.)-As part of its commitment to education in Puerto Rico and what has been a tradition for the past 15 years, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce (CCPR) granted financial aid from its Scholarship Fund to 45 low-income students who have disabilities and who will start their university studies during this school year.

“In the CCPR, beyond being the ‘Voice and Action of Private Enterprise’ we are also committed to social welfare equally for all. The scholarship fund for students with special needs is one of our institutional jobs where we continue to support and build the socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico,” said former president of the CCPR and president of the Scholarship Fund Committee, Manuel Mejía. The executive added that thanks to the voluntary contribution of Chamber members and partners, more than 280 scholarships have been awarded and more than 344 thousand dollars have been raised since the fund’s creation 15 years ago.

“For some this may mean little, but for us it is a lot. It is a great economic respite. So, we just have to concentrate on studying. Neither our mom, nor we, have to worry about covering what is hardest: tuition and courses. She has always said that God will help us day by day and that we may not be able to contribute money to anyone, but our actions and willingness will pay for that. So, we give and help others and life somehow helps us. It is not that we give to receive, but everything is somehow a cycle. In conclusion, there is not enough thanks for so much and for having been selected both as CCPR fellows,” said Nelson and Manuel Beltrán, twin brothers who will begin university studies in engineering.

The scholarships are awarded by a committee composed of former presidents, doctors and educators, who have the responsibility of convening, evaluating and interviewing the candidates; and finally, selecting them based on a set of uniform selection criteria. “I am honored to chair the CCPR scholarship fund committee since its beginnings, and grateful to work alongside a team of committed ‘camaristas’ and partners who year after year have contributed to the fund since its inception fifteen years ago. There is no doubt that a good education is essential to achieve the changes and economic development that we want so much for Puerto Rico,” Mejía said.

Additional information on the CCPR Scholarship Fund can be obtained by calling 787-721-6060 or through

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Media Contact: Karen Garnik, APR


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