The Amancio Ortega Foundation Scholarship Programme began in 2010, offering 50 scholarships to study in the United States for fifth-year secondary education students from educational centres around Galicia. Three years later, the initiative was extended to the rest of Spain, also incorporating Canada as a new destination for the Programme. Since then, the number of scholarships has gradually increased.
Since it was launched, the programme has aimed to not only boost participants’ mastery of the English language, but to also provide tools to help them increase their ability to adapt to new social and cultural environments. To encourage complete immersion in the destination countries—which both have extensive experience hosting international students—and to give impetus to participants learning English, the 600 scholarship holders who participate in the programme each year live with a host family and attend local schools. The age of 15 to 16 years old is perfect for soaking up vital knowledge and experiences. At the same time, this age ensures participants are responsible and independent enough to totally integrate.
In the 2020/21 edition, restrictions linked to the covid-19 pandemic prevented the 600 scholarship holders from travelling to the United States and Canada. Instead, the Scholarship Programme specifically designed a new educational programme for them that they could follow in a distance learning format and in parallel to their fifth year of secondary education in Spain: the Advanced Talent Training programme, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Cambridge.
In September 2021, the Amancio Ortega Foundation resumed the Scholarship Programme offering 400 new scholarship to study in Canada and the United States during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Up until 2020, more than 3,500 students have participated in the Amancio Ortega Foundation Scholarship Programme.