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The School de Medicina creates the "Prof. Jiménez Vargas" scholarships for students with transcript excellent in high school diploma

Five scholarships will be awarded each year to first-year students, which may cover up to 70% of the total cost of the course. enrollment


14 | 02 | 2022

The School of Medicine of the University of Navarra has launched the first edition of the "Professor Jiménez Vargas" scholarship programme to study the Degree in Medicine, aimed at students who are beginning their university studies for the first time, with excellent academic transcript in high school diploma and economic difficulties. 

Thus, each year five grants will be awarded to first-year students which will reduce the official price of the enrollment and can cover up to 70% of the total cost. The concession will mean that, if the renewal criteria are met, the University will maintain this percentage of financial aid on the ordinary cost of its enrollment for the six years of the degree course.

"Our intention is that no student student with the potential to be an excellent medical professional is left without studying due to lack of resources," explains Dr. Marta Ferrer, dean of the School. "For this reason, students who enter this programme during the first year will be able to enjoy the financial aid every year, as long as they meet the criteria of permanence".

The main requirement to apply for the Profesor Jiménez Vargas scholarships is to be in the 2nd year of the biosanitary degree or equivalent at the time of application. high school diploma or equivalent in the biosanitary branch at the time of application. In addition, candidates will need to accredit a score of grade equal to or higher than 9 and a maximum per capita income of 20,000 euros in the last two years. The single application period for this first edition will end on 25 April and the decision will be communicated at the same time as the admission of Degree. If awarded, the amount of the scholarship will be granted on a personalised basis. This will take into account the amount of enrollment, the accommodation, other grants to be received and the family effort for the student to study at the University.

Details for apply for at scholarship, as well as requirements and the documentation to be submitted can be found on the Admission to Medicine website Degree .

Marta Ferrer, dean of the School of Medicine

  "The scholarships are named after our first Dean. He is an example for the new generations of doctors, who will have to overcome many obstacles to serve others through our profession".

Marta Ferrer, Dean of the School of Medicine

Juan Jiménez Vargas, a life devoted to teaching

"The new scholarship programme of the School de Medicina is named after our first Dean. It is to his university spirit and unstinting generosity that we owe much of what we are today," Dr. Ferrer recalls. "We think of him as an example for the new generations of professionals, who will have to overcome many obstacles to serve others through our profession.

In 1954, Dr. Jiménez Vargas went to Pamplona when he was appointed the first Dean of the School of Medicine of the Estudio General de Navarra, which shortly afterwards would become School. "He accepted the invitation without a moment's hesitation and set to work. This meant leaving his accredited chair at the University of Barcelona, where he had a good team of collaborators, instrumental and bibliographical resources and a prolific academic work to his credit, abundant in publications and with broad prospects, to start from scratch, in Pamplona, a School of Medicine: something particularly complex and demanding, for which he could only count on the spirit that would shape it and his scientific experience". 

During his time as the first Dean (1954-1962) he managed to establish the instructions for the development of the School and of the academic and welfare activities of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra. Released from Office of the Dean, he devoted his full capacity to academic work, with very intense dedication. He was Full Professor of Human Physiology from 1954 to 1985, although he remained for four more years as Extraordinary Professor. He taught physiology to more than forty graduating classes, supervising fifty doctoral theses. He published more than one hundred and fifty experimental research articles and a dozen monographs.

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