Rafael Landívar University (URL) inaugurated the Padre Luis Achaerandio, SJ Scholarship Program, which will cover 100% of student enrollment and is aimed at young people with limited resources who demonstrate academic excellence and which will be valid until 2024.
Scholarship benefits will be valid for the entire duration of the degree, as long as the student fully complies with the commitments set out in the URL Scholarship Policies.
Although the scholarship covers 100% of student tuition, it does not cover fees for general services and student services, English courses and expenses that do not correspond to the degree course.
Fr. Mikel Cortés SJ Rector of URL indicated that, “This scholarship program brings together many aspects of Fr. Acha’s career, seeks to promote quality education and allows us to contribute to his legacy.”
Who can apply for the scholarship?
The student can apply if he/she is pursuing or seeking a humanities degree in Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Alta Verapaz, Huehuetenango, Quiche, Zacapa, Sacatepéquez, Escuintla and Jutipa.
Given the phenomenon of Father Acharandio in the Humanities, the students of the Faculty of Humanities will be given advantage.
The student must demonstrate that they have a financial hardship, must be distinguished by academic quality and have values as well as solid principles.
As he explained, priority will be given to youth from the community of Santa Isabel, Villa Nueva and students from the Fe y Alegría schools.
Vinicio Morales, director of Institutional Identity Management, stressed that those who apply for these scholarships must “abide by all commitments established in the current URL scholarship policy.”
He also indicated that the number of students the program will have is unknown at this time, “It all depends on the donations received, the more donations, the more students in the program.”
Who was Father Acharandio?
Father Luis Acherandio Zuazo SJ, was a Jesuit priest, teacher and philosopher who was born in Spain in 1921 and spent a large part of his life in Guatemala, for which he acquired Guatemalan nationality.
Their commitment to education and academic development has allowed URL to be a research-informed community.
He received a degree in philosophy from the Collegium Maximus Onniense in Burgos, Spain.
In addition, he had another degree in Science Pedagogy from the University of Louvain, Belgium. In 1996 he received an Honoris Cousa Doctorate in Education from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and an Honoris Cousa Doctorate in Humanities from URL.
Father Acharandio’s educational vision led to the Commission of Education of the Jesuit Provinces in Central America, where he proposed an innovative educational model that strengthened curriculum renewal, the teachers of Jesuit schools, and the diversity of learning and teaching in Guatemala. Made a place