SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION 

 

BECAS PROGRAM MISSION: The Biblioteca Scholarship Program assists students of limited resources via scholarship awards and activities that broaden the educational aspirations of students and support the values of their community.

 

STUDENT APPLICANT MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  1. The student’s permanent home address is in San Miguel de Allende,  including its regional municipalities or Comonfort. University students residing in their university’s state need only provide proof of family permanent home address in the San Miguel de Allende or Comonfort area.
  2. The student has a minimum GPA of 8.5
  3. The student is currently enrolled in high school or a university bachelor’s degree program
  4. The following is not required but a plus: The student is the first in their family to attend and potentially graduate from high school or university.

WHEN CAN STUDENTS REQUEST AN APPLICATION?
High school and university students please study the following dates.

Applications available: December 21, 2020  Deadline date: January 21, 2021

Applications available:  June 21, 2021  Deadline date: July 21, 2021 

APPLICATION REQUEST AND SUBMISSION

Students can request a high school or university scholarship application at becas@labibliotecapublica.org 

 

  • An application will be emailed to the applicant within 48 hours of receiving the student’s emailed request. If the student does not receive a response within 48 hours, please resend the request. 
  • Students can conveniently open the digital scholarship application by using WORD or Google docs. All applicants need to complete the application using a computer or another smart device. Printed applications are not provided or accepted. 
  • Applicants should not print and submit a paper application form. Only digital documents will be accepted, which must be submitted through email. Only applications submitted to the following email address will be considered.becas@labibliotecapublica.org 

 

Required Scholarship Documents: at the end of the scholarship application, students will be required  to add additional blank pages to copy and paste or append the following required information:

  1. Proof of address
  2. Copy of original grade report for the last semester completed (students with an 8.5 grade point average, please add grade reports for last 2 semesters completed or 1 year grade history)
  3. Copy of original current Public Library A.C., membership card 
    1. If the student membership card is expired, it must  be renewed before appending the copy to the scholarship application.
    2. If the student needs to purchase their first Public Library A.C., membership card – visit the Library and look for the reception window. Present a current small-sized ID photo of yourself not to exceed (1.5 x 1.5“) or (3.5 x 4.5 cm), proof of address, and $60.00 pesos for High School membership or $100.00 pesos for University membership. 

 

What if the student is just starting high school or university?

  1. Send a copy of the academic history from the school from which the student graduated. 
  2. Send a copy of paid enrollment registration for the high school or university that the student will be attending.

 

WHAT COMES NEXT?

 

Within three days of the application deadline date, selected candidates will receive a phone call from a scholarship committee member, which will be followed by an email invitation with an interview date, time, and location. Students will be asked to bring their Public Library A.C., membership identification card to the interview. If COV19 restrictions apply, ZOOM interviews will be arranged in the Library Computer Lab.

 

Students who are not selected for a scholarship will receive an emailed letter from the scholarship committee to thank them for applying.

SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEE PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

BECAS PROGRAM MISSION: The Biblioteca Scholarship Program assists students of limited resources via scholarship awards and activities that broaden the educational aspirations of students and support the values of their community.

 

For more than 10 years now the Public Library A.C., has offered scholarships to high school and university students. In January 2021 the committee will be accepting applications to raise the number of recipients from 86 to 100. Scholarship grants are made possible thanks to the support of individual donors such as yourself who reside in or visit San Miguel de Allende and represent different parts of the world.

 

Between December 2019 and 2021 the committee is proud of the following:

 

  • The Scholarships Program recipients including high school and university scholars maintain a 95% retention rate with grade point averages between 8.5 and 10.00. (Dec 2019 to August 2020)
  • Scholarship recipients include – 25 high school and 61 university students, totalling 86 scholars 
  • Currently, it is estimated that 52% of our students come from Centro and 48% from San Miguel de Allende municipalities including comunidades and ranchos located 10 to 28 km outside of Centro.
  • In response to the Covid virus creating a need for students to do online university studies at home, funds were raised so 19 laptops could be purchased and distributed to university scholarship students without computer access.  The library wants to acknowledge and give special thanks for fundraising by Rotarian Susan ONeal of the San Miguel de Allende Rotary Club. (August 2020 to September 2020)
  • The Library Scholarships Presenters Program was initiated – Scholarship Plus students share academic and community service work resulting in the sustainable development of community service projects. In 2021 there will be 4 presentations held in the Biblioteca’s Teatro Santa Ana.  Scholarship Plus and Extra scholars will present the challenges and outcomes of their community service in the areas of pedagogy, combined physical and psychological therapy, and the cultural study of the saints of San Miguel de Allende.

 

Scholarships Committee members are local San Miguel de Allende residents as well as international volunteers who enjoy supporting the educational goals of San Miguel de Allende high school and university students. If you are interested in joining the Scholarships Committee please contact: Alma Cervantes at becas@labibliotecapublica.org

 

Ideal Committee Members are:

  • passionate about making education available to children and young people who wish to earn a Certificate or Degree.
  • able to offer an average of 8 volunteer hours per month; this service can be represented by participating 
    • in the monthly Zoom hosted meetings normally scheduled on a Thursday from 11:00 to 12:30 (meetings will continue to be virtual until the Cov19 pandemic has been resolved)
    • as a lead organizer in a short-term project or event
    • as an interviewer of new scholarship applicants (Spanish speaking is a plus)
    • collaboratively  with members and whenever possible provide supportive and helpful information to the Scholarships coordinator 
  • able to mentor a scholarship student who needs guidance and support.  
  • open-hearted  and have a good sense of humor

 

If you wish to make a contribution to the Scholarships Program please go to:

https://labibliotecapublica.org/en/donate/ 

 

Biblioteca Pública A.C., Scholarships 

 

  1. Annual High School Scholarship: $4,400 pesos per student is distributed throughout one year
  2. University Scholarship: $8,800 pesos per student is distributed throughout one year 
  3. University Scholarship Plus: $20,000 pesos per student is distributed throughout one year – This is a high honors scholarship distinguished for outstanding community service projects. This scholarship is only for current university scholars who are in their last or penultimate year before graduating. 
  4. University Extra Scholarship: $10,000 pesos per student is distributed throughout one year – This is a recognition scholarship for dedicated community service projects. For current university scholars who are in their last or penultimate year before graduating. 
  5. 50/50 Scholarship – Supports university certification expenses of graduating university scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to submit the 50/50 application when they are within a two year period of their graduation date. Student family members agree to save  50% of the certification costs. The Scholarship Committee matches the other 50% of the costs that is paid directly to the appropriate department of the university in the form of a check or transfer.