Our Mission

The mission of Canyon Scholars is to enable Tarahumara and Mestizo Mexican young people to have an impact on the communities and society in which they live. We do this by enabling them and their families to overcome the economic, distance, and prejudicial barriers they face in obtaining an education while preserving their cultural heritage. We provide the resources they need to obtain the education from high school through the university levels that their interests, abilities, and opportunities open up for them.



The Copper Canyon

The Chihuahua al Pacífico Railroad traverses the Copper Canyon, a beautiful and rugged series of canyons often regarded as the most scenic railroad trip on the continent. It is a transportation system for locals and a draw for tourists.


The Tarahumara

The Tarahumara are indigenous people of northern Mexico renowned for their long-distance running ability. Originally inhabitants of much of the state of Chihuahua, they retreated to the Copper Canyon on the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Most still practice a traditional lifestyle, inhabiting natural shelters such as caves or cliff overhangs, as well as small cabins of wood or stone. Mestizos have a mixture of Spanish and indigenous backgrounds and have more contemporary life styles.















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