Quiero Estudiar Pacífico
Initiative that collects funds so young people from the Pacific coast can study at the Universidad de los Andes.
“They have kept their promise, now we have to do the same”. We are collecting 350 million pesos so young people from the Pacific coast can study in the Universidad de los Andes.
Miguel Alejandro Rodríguez Barajas dreamt of studying economics to change the development path of Chocó – the place where he was born. He graduated in 2015 from the Colegio Carrasquilla Industrial in Quibdó with the highest grades, and he had the highest score in the Saber 11 test in the whole department. Thanks to this, he was awarded a place in the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá where he was helped by the Ser Pilo Paga program for three semesters.
While studying at the university, he built links between the university and his region. He pioneered collecting donations to help those who were affected by the floods in Chocó in 2016, he was an active member of Semillero del Pacífico, and he took his classmates to this area of the country, which made him dream that it had a more promising future.
There is only a very small possibility that young people from the Colombian Pacific can access quality higher education, and this dream needs to move forward. This is why we created the Quiero Estudiar Pacífico fund –in honor of Miguel Alejandro– to find young people who have finished high school in a school on the Colombian Pacific and who want to study in Los Andes to continue working, together with Semillero del Pacífico, for this dream of closing the gaps between the center of the county and this region.
Quiero Estudiar is a revolutionary financial-aid program that offers study opportunities to talented young Colombians between 16 and 21 years old who do not have sufficient economic resources to pay the cost of the university.
Also, it has an innovative and self-sustainable model creating values such as reciprocity and solidarity; the students commit to helping other young people as they contribute to the program with a percentage of their income when they are working.
With the help from our donors, this allows us to offer ever-more opportunities to build a more inclusive country.