Helping Young Mexicans Expand Their Horizons
By Jaci Winters
For more than 35 years the Biblioteca has been awarding scholarships to young Mexican students to help them complete their education. The program initially gave scholarships only to rural students to complete their basic education, as they were perceived as having the greatest need. Later the program expanded to include students from the city of San Miguel de Allende and those wishing to attend university.
Statistically, fewer than 50 percent of Mexican youth obtain their high school diploma, and thus their employment opportunities are more limited. In the past year, the Biblioteca awarded 103 scholarships for 2015–2016, 53 to university students, and 50 to junior high and high school students. The Biblioteca bylaws ensure that five percent of gross revenue is used for scholarships to enhance the potential for Mexican youth to graduate and obtain good jobs.
In 2015–2016 the Biblioteca awarded a total of 544,452 pesos for scholarships, with 203,452 for junior and high school students and 341,000 for university students. Although the number of students has declined since last year, the amount of the scholarships has increased. University students receive 4,000 pesos for each of two terms and the junior high and high school students receive 2,000 pesos for each term.
To help fund a scholarship for Mexican students, you can make your donation at the Biblioteca in person (pick up a copy of the Donor Choice brochure) or go online at bibliotecasma.com. Donations are accepted in pesos, US dollars, or Canadian dollars and you will receive a Mexican, US, or Canadian tax receipt for your gift. Canadians can donate online at CanadaHelps.org by designating Amistad Canada Biblioteca Education project. Or go to AmistadCanada.org for information.