The Zoila Ugarte Academic Excellence scholarships have been in operation since 2018, in which the Council for the Regulation, Development, and Promotion of Information and Communication and the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) offer and award scholarships for third and fourth level studies as an award for academic excellence of communication workers, with the aim of contributing to their permanent training and professional growth.
In this year 2022, the application for the fifth edition of the Zoila Ugarte Scholarships for Academic Excellence opens.
The scholarship accreditation process is completely online, takes four months, and has five phases.
Application: the interested party applies online through a form and basic documentation.
Evaluation: The applicant takes an online verbal aptitude test and submits the application form for admission with supporting documents.
Pre-selection: the applicant sends a motivation letter and a research project intention.
Selection: the candidate participates in a personal online interview with members of the Academic Committee.
Acceptance: the winners sign a letter of acceptance of the scholarships.
IMPORTANT: the scores are cumulative; The candidates with the highest score in each phase are those who qualify for the next stage.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Workers of public, private, and community
media Workers of communication, advertising, or audiovisual production agencies
Workers of the communication departments of public and private institutions (they only apply to two master’s degrees: Corporate Communication or Integrated Advertising)
Those interested must be Ecuadorian or Foreigners with permanent residence and who have an Ecuadorian citizenship card.
11 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE FOURTH LEVEL STUDIES
2 scholarships for the Master’s Degree in Transmedia Communication
2 scholarships for the Master’s Degree in Communication and Political Marketing
1 scholarship for the Master’s Degree in Brand Management
2 scholarships for the Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Script Creation
2 scholarships for Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing
1 scholarship in Master’s Degree in Communication and Corporate Identity
1 scholarship in Master’s Degree in Integrated Advertising: Creativity and Strategy
MODALITY: completely virtual.
DURATION: one year
ABOUT ZOILA UGARTE
Writer, journalist, human rights activist and feminist, Zoila Ugarte de Landívar was the first woman to practice journalism in Ecuador, along with Hipatia Cárdenas de Bustamante (1889-1972).
She was born on June 27, 1864, in the El Guabo parish, located near Machala (El Oro province). From a father from Guayaquil and a mother from Machal, she was the fifth of eleven siblings.
Under the pseudonym “Zarelia” she collaborated with poems, prose, and short publications in the weekly Tesoro del Hogar. In 1905 she founded the magazine La Mujer while serving as director of the National Library. In 1911 she was the first editor of the political newspaper La Prensa. In addition, she contributed her articles to various media such as La Ondina del Guayas and El Hogar Cristiano.
La Mujer, the first women’s magazine in the country, went down in the history of Ecuadorian culture as a tribune for progressive and democratic ideas where achievements in the social and political field of women were published and their rights were demanded. The magazine also featured feminist stories, essays, and articles written by women eager to publicly share their political ideals and literary work.
It was closed several times for its messages on the conquest of social and political rights for women, the main cause being political reasons.
Her feminist activism resulted, in 1922, in the Luz de Pichincha Feminist Society, an organization of which she was its president. She also fought for women’s right to vote, which led her to found the Anticlerical Feminist Center in 1930.
At a time when the position of women was relegated to taking care of the house and raising children, the presence and ideas of Zoila Ugarte were important props for the subsequent conquests that women would experience in the social, political, and rights fields. Zoila would also be the first to recognize herself as a feminist and the first woman to defend a liberal political position.
The Cuenca writer Raquel Rodas points out that inspired by the Liberal Revolution, Zoila would define journalism as her career, but a “controversial, combative and disruptive” journalism (Rodas, 2010).
Together with other women such as Raquel Verdesoto, Hipatia Cárdenas, and María Augusta Idrovo, they showed the gaps in Ecuadorian legislation that, although it did not guarantee the female vote, it did not explicitly prohibit it either. In this way, through writings in the “small press” or alternative, they made public the debate on women’s suffrage, paving the way for Matilde Hidalgo to exercise her right to vote for the first time in May 10, 1924.
Zoila Ugarte was also involved in teaching, defending public and secular education for popular and middle-class women. She was a teacher at the Fernández Madrid, Manuela Cañizares and Simón Bolívar schools. She believed that education was the way for women to secure a future for themselves.
Women like Zoila Ugarte fought and proclaimed their space as citizens and people, and through writing and education, they demanded a country from them and for them.
Zoila Ugarte died on November 16, 1969, at the age of 105.
What benefits do the Zoila Ugarte Academic Excellence Scholarships offer?
Scholarship coverage: 100% of the tuition fee and the total cost of the credits
ITEMS NOT COVERED BY THE SCHOLARSHIP
a. Pre-reservation of quota
b. Recognition fees for the bachelor’s degree for undergraduate students
c. Cost of issuing the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Apostille of documents
f. Transportation, food, and lodging expenses in case of travel to Quito or Guayaquil from other cities to take exams (only if necessary)
What are the key dates?
Deadline to apply: April 18, 2022
Publication of results: June 30, 2022