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La Biblioteca Scholarship Students

By Jade Arroyo

Scholarships are a very important way to help students who want to pursue a particular university career and do not have the necessary resources to do so. They may lack financial backup or they may need a job to support themselves.

Since 1964 la Biblioteca has supported scholarships for low-income students from rural communities and from San Miguel de Allende. Initially the program awarded scholarships only to students from rural communities. Later on the program expanded, so that scholarships can now be awarded to students from San Miguel de Allende so that they can continue their high school and university education.

But looking beyond the institutions or impact figures, these are real human beings whose lives are completely transformed by this support. The world we live in demands more and more educational preparation and updating, and as Roxane Gay says, “To want to dismantle capitalism before everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy it, is the height of privilege.” Education is still a privilege and organizations such as la Biblioteca with its scholarship program help bright Sanmiguelenses to have access to it.

We had the opportunity to talk to one of its beneficiaries, who because of her excellent academic performance, receives 4,000 pesos of support semiannually to pay for her student expenses.

Amanda Denise, nursing student

Amanda is a young 27-year-old native Sanmiguelense. A student of nursing at Allende University, she is currently in the last days of her last semester, before graduating this July. With great inner and physical strength, she juggles her thesis, her upcoming graduation, her professional practice, her patients, and her work as a weekend bartender.

She is the third of four sisters, which means always being responsible and independent from an early age. Initially Amanda began her education in Celaya, but after four semesters, it became impossible to continue living there, paying rent, paying tuition, and everything else. She had to return to San Miguel, and began working as an administrative assistant. At that point, she learned that a degree course in nursing was about to be inaugurated in town.

Her family was very honest with her and told her that they could not afford to pay her  tuition fees, especially since it was her little sister’s turn for education. So Amanda got organized to take on her commitment to become a nurse and looked for options. Because San Miguel is a small city, options are often limited, especially if you don’t have the financial resources to leave. She discovered the opportunities that the Municipal Presidency and la Biblioteca offered. “I was very lucky,” Amanda tells us. “I sent in my papers and I did not know if they had approved my application or not. On the Saturday just before classes began, I received a call from la Biblioteca informing me that I had been given a scholarship.”

As a nurse, she has found her vocation. “When I started, I said ‘this is where I belong’. I am very grateful to the profession to be able to improve people’s lives and to heal them. A  nurse is the one who is with the patient for the most time, and she creates a very special human connection.” She is doing what she likes and plans to continue studying in a specialization of either geriatrics or pediatrics. They are poles apart, but they are the two subject areas that interest her the most. Caregiving for the elderly or for children. To be a good nurse you need to be patient, humble, open-minded, tolerant, and have good nerves and an even  better stomach, and not be easily upset by blood or other physiological conditions.

After graduation, she hopes to be given a position in a hospital, a health center, or with  IMSS. This position could be within the Secretaría de Salud (Ministry of Health) and she would accept a position in any city in the state of Guanajuato.

During the mornings she carries out professional practices in the hospital and on the weekends she works in a bar. This great contrast in her life amuses her and provides her a with a lot of perspective. She is at the service of sick people and, at the same time, she is at the service of people who are dancing. Her satisfaction is simply to receive a smile from her patients.”




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If you wish to help with this worthy endeavor, you can make your donation personally at la  Biblioteca of San Miguel de Allende or on the website Donations are accepted in pesos, dollars, or Canadian dollars and a tax receipt will be given for Mexico, United States, or Canada.

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