Since 1931, the Simón I. Patiño Foundation has focused on training and mentoring Bolivians who, on completing their studies, commit to dedicate their newly-acquired technical and intellectual skills to the development of their country. We grant university scholarships in areas particularly relevant to Bolivia's development, in Switzerland, Spain, Belgium and Costa Rica, as well as in Bolivia itself.
More information including applications can be found on: becas.fundacionpatino.org (Spanish only)
Scholarships are available to:
The Foundation’s administrative headquarters has been situated in Geneva since 1958. All our student scholarships are administered from here, as are our wider activities across Bolivia. Throughout the year, we host a series of cultural events in Geneva, aimed at promoting youth talent in Switzerland.
Simón I. Patiño and his family settled in Cochabamba. His former properties currently house the Pairumani Model Farm, Pairumani Seed Centre, Educational and Cultural Centre, and Phytoecogenetic Research Centre.
The Patiño Foundation carries out a range of cultural, educational and literary activities at its facility in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city.
In order to address the needs of the rural population that has moved to El Alto, Bolivia’s second-largest city, our Foundation has built a nutrition Centre there that helps over 220 children each year.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivia’s fastest-growing city and largest economic centre. It is home to many petrochemical and agricultural companies. As the city is located in the country’s tropical lowlands, the Foundation plays a pivotal role in educating the local population and farmers to work with the area’s fragile environment. In addition, we provide a hugely-popular programme of cultural and educational activities.