Education is a critical resource for life and society to progress. However, the economic situation in the country is increasingly complex, which makes education, especially higher education, sometimes a distant dream for many. This is why many universities in the country are creating scholarships and financial aid programs for people who, despite not having an exorbitant school average, have other conditions that make them eligible to study.
According to Eduardo Berntz, Vice-Chancellor of Finance and Administration at the University of Los Andes, “In a country like ours, with many inequalities and a lack of opportunity, scholarships allow expanded access to high-quality higher education for people who couldn’t afford it.” These scholarships provide not only social and economic diversity, but also cultural, ethnic and geographical diversity for the student community, and this diversity is something we believe in at Universidad de los Andes. This, then, is a way for young talents to realize their dreams.”
On her part, Ana Maria Suárez Espinosa, Promotion and Publication Coordinator at Sergio Arboleda University, commented: “There are many young people who stand out in different scenarios, such as academic, artistic or sports, and it is they who should have the greatest potential to be associated with higher education, thus giving them a real opportunity. To fulfill their dream of being a professional. For Sergio, education is a powerful tool for social transformation.”
There are dozens of scholarships of this kind in the country within different educational institutions, some of which include: At the University of Los Andes, the Pa’lante Pacífico Scholarship and the Pa’lante Caribe, which is financial support offered to young people from the Pacific Coast and the Colombian Caribbean and covers the following: Up to 98% of enrollment per semester throughout their career. In addition to the Ciro Angarita Barón Scholarship, which is aimed at undergraduate students in a law program and for which the scholarship committee determines the percentage of support. There is also the Quiero Enseñar Scholarship, which is aimed at Colombian students accepted into one of the undergraduate programs at the University of Los Andes College of Education, who do not have the financial resources to fund their undergraduate program.
On the other hand, at Sergio Arboleda University “we have a wide range of scholarships and financial aid to support and accompany different population groups in Colombia in their training process: the indigenous communities, Afro-Colombians, Raizal and Palenquera; High-performance athletes, national talents – art and music school, family groups,” Suarez comments.
There are also other options such as Assistance for Recognition of Institutional Student Representation in Undergraduate Sponsorship Programs at the Catholic University of Columbia, which all students can apply for for educational assistance to participate in and represent the institution in sports-related fields. the culture.
Support for these initiatives is not limited to educational institutions. Forge, for example, seeks through the “Your Future” program to develop the personal skills of young people, establish relationships of trust with employers and act as an agent for education and training, with the aim of making the listing process successful. young professionals. To achieve this goal, the second call has been opened in the country which consists of 500 scholarships for young people between the ages of 18-24 years who are experiencing economic hardship. The recruitment program is virtual, free, and lasts 17 weeks,” according to Maria José Gómez, Fundación Forge’s country director in Peru and Colombia.
Also, the option of financial assistance may be at a discount thanks to a family relationship such as the one offered in Los Andes. For example, the sibling discount that gives 15% to the brother with the highest tuition value. When there are three or more siblings, a discount of 15% is given to the second, 20% to the third, and then 20% to the others.