Young people from different social strata benefit from the scholarships the university offers with the support of outside institutions. Different modalities of scholarships are available based on economic hardship and academic and extracurricular achievement.
Around 16 percent of EAFIT’s student population benefits from this support, which the Human Development-University Wellbeing Division has promoted for nearly three decades. For example, in the first semester of 2015, some 1,600 students benefit from some type of scholarship.
Another initiative that falls under the university’s commitment to social responsibility is the student assistants’ program, which affords qualified students the chance to complement their studies with paid work in different academic or administrative divisions. This program is open to undergraduate students with a strong academic and disciplinary record and an aptitude for teaching and research or administrative skills.
The social outreach initiatives that the institution leads through EAFIT Social include efforts to assist female heads of households, high-school students, and the community at large.
Through the cooperation of other university divisions like the Cice and Project 50, which contribute their knowledge in the areas of business building and the use of technology in education, respectively, EAFIT Social seeks to improve the quality of life of different communities in Medellín, Antioquia, and Colombia
EAFIT Social has carried out programs and projects that have benefited nearly 6,500 people, and it has signed more than 13 agreements over the past several years.