Selection of students to receive funding is a long and tedious process. First, a sponsor lets us know a preference for a village or district. A staff member then contacts the high schools and high school counselors in that proposed district seeking recommendations. The counselors or high school administrators are asked to provide a list of eligible candidates from each high school in their district.
Once a list of eligible candidates from each school is given, a staff member staff travels to that district to conduct interviews with these students and their families. A dossier is prepared by the staff member so each student can be evaluated under the same criteria and this will be used for selection by the appointed selection committee. (Sometimes a second and third trip is required.) Finally, after careful review of all the student's financial situations, scholastic aptitudes and true personal desires, one student is chosen by a vote of the Rico selection committee.