Marge Zap–way ahead of her time

By Joan Strouse

Long before Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize or before world leaders and diplomats recognized that educating women was the best investment that any society can make, San Miguel de Allende’s very own Marge Zap was working tirelessly to keep rural Mexican women in school. Marge embraced the sustaining value of education and she realized that women become important agents of change for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country. Those lucky enough to have known Marge know that she was a strong and indefatigable advocate, championing the necessity of educating Mexican women.

Up until Marge (88) passed away this summer, she was a driving force and inspiration to all in the nonprofit organization Mujeres en Cambio. She cared deeply about the work that this all-volunteer organization does on behalf of young women. Each year, Mujeres en Cambio raises money to provide scholarships to 150 academically gifted young women living in the rural communities around San Miguel. These scholarships enable them to complete middle school, high school, and college, and to further their personal and professional dreams.

To honor Marge’s exemplary life of community service, Mujeres en Cambio will select a Marge Zap Scholar each year. This special award of distinction will be given to a student who has shown an extraordinary record of academic achievement in her middle and high school years, and who will continue her studies at the university level. Members of Mujeres en Cambio, as well as Marge’s friends and family, are certain that giving an academic award to an outstanding student is precisely what Marge would have wanted as a legacy in her honor.

If you would like to keep the memory of Marge Zap around for years to come, please contribute to this special scholarship fund in her name. You can drop off your financial contribution to Mujeres en Cambio at La Conexión, Aldama 3, Box 646 B. If you have additional questions, please email Mujeres en Cambio Treasurer Who knows? You may be helping to send the next Nobel Peace Prize nominee to school!


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