For Guillermo and Augie Arce-Ruiz, donor scholarships changed their lives. The brothers are originally from Mendoza, Argentina but have been living in Beaufort, SC for over 16 years. Both graduated in 2017 with a degree in business and organizational leadership, as well as the bible major every CIU student receives.
Augie was the first to attend CIU as a freshman. As he puts it, “I wasn’t originally looking into CIU… However, God put this opportunity before me due to my situation… everything fell into place and it was amazing.” It was the life-changing experience CIU offers at work in Augie’s life that later influenced Guillermo to attend CIU as well.
Due to their immigrant status they were both ineligible for federal scholarships. “It was huge,” said Guillermo, speaking of receiving donor scholarships. “It was the only way we could come.”
The brothers both played soccer for the Rams, and Guillermo is especially thankful for Coach James Whitaker, who was a role model and mentor in his life. Guillermo now works for Grow Financial Credit Union, seeking to help others with financial matters. Augie works weekdays at a human resources company assisting with the Hispanic community, and on weekends he works with the Charleston Battery soccer club. He hopes someday to enter into the business side of professional soccer.
The brothers are immensely grateful for the generosity of donors. Augie says, “For CIU donors all I can say is that I am beyond thankful for their financial support. I look forward to beginning my career and being a donor in the future. I will forever be thankful of the amazing opportunity that was given to me at CIU.” Guillermo added that he wants donors to know that “Every donation makes a difference!”