The history of the Scholarship Program dates back almost to the beginning of the International Women’s Club of Mérida (IWC), in 1984.
Its original name was The Gretchen Estrup Memorial Scholarship Fund, commemorating the life of a much beloved founding member of the IWC, who was a lifelong champion of the advancement of women.
Scholarships are awarded according to criteria established by a Committee of five voting members created by the IWC with the President appointing the chairwoman and it is divided into two areas:
- An administrative group that selects the students
- The mentorship module that assists the girls with their personal and professional development
Current Scholarship Recipients
Flora Ileana Can Poot is studying Tourism at UADY (Autonomus University of the Yucatan). Flora was born in Tekax in 1996 where she lived with her mom and dad and 4 brothers until moving to Casa de la Proteccion also known as Joven Suarez Molino. Recently, due to her family’s economic situation, she chose to postpone her graduation and work for a landscaping business in the U.S. for about six months. Now that she has returned she will work on passing her English proficiency exam and her final comprehensive exam.
Celia Esmeralda Hernandez Rosado has been studying Urban Design at UADY. She has finished her studies and is currently doing her service internship. She is studying transportation issues for workers commuting from the pueblos to Mérida. She had her graduation on December 15th, but she will receive her diploma this spring.
Celia, an only child, was born in Cancun in 1996 where she lived with her mother until moving to Casa de la Proteccion. Recently, she has relocated to Motul to live with her mother again.
Amairani Herklotz is in her second year of medical school at UADY. Last November, she participated on the team representing Yucatán in an UNAM nationwide contest on medical knowledge held in Mexico City. It was an honor to be selected among all of the second year students to participate.