King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain today presided over the act of granting “la Caixa” scholarship granted by the “la Caixa” Banking Foundations to the 120 selected students, in its thirty-sixth edition, to pursue postgraduate studies in the best universities in the world.
With the aid of “la Caixa” Banking Foundation students will be trained in some of the most prestigious academic centers in the world: 65 to study at universities in Europe, and 55 for North America (the United States and Canada) and the Asia-Pacific region (Australia, China, Singapore, Japan, India, and South Korea).
After their arrival, Emilia Jordi, host of the event, and Javier Ventura-Traveset, spokesperson for the European Space Agency in Spain and intern from the United States in 1990 opened the event.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia granted the scholarships to the students in the auditorium of CaixaForum Madrid.
The scholarships of “la Caixa” are awarded in competitive competition. Applications must pass a first evaluation phase through the peer review system, and all those that receive the best grades are called for a personal interview. In the selection process, university professors with international experience participate in this type of evaluation process. The selection criteria take into account, among others, aspects linked to the excellence of the projects. Both the number of applications received and the rigour and level of requirement of the selection processes ensure that the candidates finally selected accredit outstanding levels of excellence.
Speaking at the event Felipe encouraged the students saying, “The majority of scholars will end up going back to Spain at the end of your studies or, in some cases, a few years later. It is natural and legitimate for each person to seek and try to find their way wherever life offers the best options.” The King stressed that “do your best also to make your successes redirect in your fellow citizens. The progress of our country needs you; we need you to be involved in it, so that with your knowledge, skills and experience you contribute to our progress and improvement. I am sure that each of you – when possible – will know how to make this a reality. “
Letizia at the event with the winners.
For the youth-oriented activity, Queen Letizia chose a very modest yet chic style with elegance. Letizia brought back the navy floral Hugo Boss BOSS ‘Viplisa’ pleated skirt first worn at a luncheon for the visiting President of Palestine last November.
This time Queen paired the skirt with an ice blue knitted top from Hugo Boss.
The BOSS ‘Frankie’ cuff detail sweater knitted in a merino-quality mercerised virgin wool is finished with metallic buttons at the cuffs and features a slim crewneck. The sweater is already sold out.
The new release wardrobe piece for today’s look was the pair of earrings from her go-to Spanish jeweller Coolook. Letizia wore large pendant featured in a Chalcedony teardrop stone in a gold-plated setting with two topaz gems on either side hanging from gold-plated hoops from the brand’s ‘Rain’ collection.
Both hoops and stones can be bought separately as well as the combined piece offered at CooLook.