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16 December, 2020

La Bolsa: caring for students through community

La bolsa estudiantil” translates simply as “the student bag.”  At Zamorano, La Bolsa Estudiantil is one example of the care and attention that the campus community brings to the needs of each of its students.

La Bolsa Estudiantil was created in 1997 by a group of women from the campus community who realized that there were students whose economic limitations did not allow them to purchase basic hygiene items.

Today, this initiative is led by the Zamorano Women’s Volunteer Association, who raise funds for La Bolsa Estudantil through donations, food sales, bingo nights, and other activities.

Funds raised are used each trimester to purchase bath soap, shampoo, powders, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, body lotion, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, notebooks, pens, pencils and other essentials. Volunteers then bag the items for discreet delivery to low-income students. The average cost per bag is $30.  Over the last four years alone, 1,092 students have been served through La Bolsa Estudantil.

Primary donors have been members of the educational community, graduates, visitors to the Fiesta Panamericana, clients from the Sales Stand, and the Group of Ambassadors from Latin America and the Caribbean, known as GRULAC, who have made in-kind donations of requested items.

When Marjorie Mayr ’83, spouse of Zamorano President Jeff Lansdale, moved to campus in 2014, she accepted the role of President of the Women Volunteers Association.  When COVID-19 derailed fundraising activities for La Bolsa Estudiantil, she and fellow members of the Women Volunteers Association reached out to graduates, with a special focus on Marjorie’s classmates. To date, $2,200.00 has been collected from the Class of 1983.

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