King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain presented 120 students with the la Caixa postgraduate study scholarships yesterday, which will allow them to attend some of the most prestigious universities in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
The event was opened with a speech by la Caixa Banking Foundation President Emilia Jordi and words from Vall d’Hebron University Hospital neurologist Patricia Pozo, on behalf of the former la Caixa recipients.
The King and Queen then presented the scholarships alongside a delegation of attending authorities. King Felipe spoke about how the scholarships are “an expression of a philosophy, of a conscious strategy that the future of our youth and our society depends to a great extent on having access to the best training. They are aid to carry out high studies of postgraduate, masters and doctorate in some of the most prestigious educational institutions of the world.”
His Majesty congratulated the scholarship winners as well as their families and “all those who at any time during your years of study have encouraged or helped you to become more and better, wanting to do it, or to understand what was going on in it for the life of each one and to contribute better to the common good.”
The King finished with a thank you to la Caixa, saying: “This extraordinary initiative for educational excellence reveals even more of what it shows. Because it emphasizes an authentic philosophy of solidarity aimed at the common good and the general interest that Caixa applies throughout Spain through its Social Work and its commitment to people.”
Awarded on a competitive basis, the la Caixa Scholarship programme began in 1982 and has since granted 4,350 scholarships to worthy recipients who have gone on to study abroad. All successful candidates must have the highest grades and undergo a gruelling selection process that includes peer review and a personal interview and evaluation. The rigor and demand of the selection process ensures that only those who demonstrate outstanding levels of excellence are chosen. The scholarship awarded to successful candidates covers all tuition costs, travel expenses and an orientation course to help them establish personal and academic links before joining the university of their choice.