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Make a Mexican Student Smile

Vianey Perez

Ma. Guadalupe Ramirez

By Jaci Winters

Annually, for more than 35 years, La Biblioteca San Miguel de Allende has awarded scholarships to bright, deserving students. These scholarships help students reach their educational goals, and when they succeed, so do their families. Scholarship students must attain high grades, regardless of the different hardships they encounter, like walking many miles to attend school, working to help support their family, and taking care of their parents and siblings. A Biblioteca scholarship recognizes and supports their determination to succeed.

In 2016–17, 100 scholarships were awarded—53 at 4,000 pesos to each university student, and 47 at 2,000 pesos to each high school students, totaling some 306,000 pesos. These scholarships are funded by individual donors, the sales from the Bodega de Sorpresas, and 5 percent of the Biblioteca’s gross revenues.

In 2015–16, Amistad Canada supported 10 scholarships with gifts from Canadian donors. It is important to continue to finance scholarships for Mexican students as we are not only helping them to achieve their dreams but we are also helping to lift them and their families out of poverty. Future well paid jobs depend on students having the education and skills to compete in a global, technological world. Here are two personal stories.

Alma Vianey Pérez Chávez

I am 19 years old from the community of Los González. I come from a humble family; my parents had only a basic education for economic reasons. As a family, we are united. My father works in the fields at San Francisco Ranch, while my mother is a housewife, who also works in the fields in order to send us to school. Because of her, my brothers and I will continue going to school.

Obtaining a good education is very important for me to achieve my goals and become an educated person. I walk 6 km every day from my community to the truck stop to get to the university, and I do not let this be an impediment to achieving my goal.

This is the first year of my Biblioteca scholarship. I had to achieve a 9.2 average to obtain a scholarship, and I am very proud of this achievement. I hope to continue obtaining very good grades to finish my university studies and to help my family.

María Guadalupe Ramírez Granados

I attend the Universidad Centro de Estudios Superiores Allende, were I am studying for a law degree. I was 27 years old when I finished high school. I could not continue my studies because of the death of my mother. I am the eldest daughter with four younger brothers to take care of. I needed to work as my father does not support us financially. He lives with his new partner and my younger siblings.

My sisters supported and pushed me to resume my studies. I did very well in college in the first semester, attaining a grade average of 10, which is a great achievement. After several years being out of school, I now dedicate myself to studying and working to pay for my studies. My goal is to finish university and pursue my profession as a lawyer.

Let’s help these young adults make their dreams come true!

Please support the Biblioteca scholarships. Make your donation directly at the Biblioteca Reception or online at Donations are accepted in pesos, US, or Canadian dollars, and you will receive a Mexican, US, or Canadian tax receipt. Canadians can donate on line at (by designating Amistad Canada Biblioteca Education Program). Or go to for more information and view a happy video.


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