The Botín Scholars program brings together 40 university students from eight Latin American countries and Puerto Rico who have high potential and a vocation for public service. The intensive two-month program kicks off at Brown, with activities geared to public service and leadership, as well as workshops, seminars, and lectures by Brown faculty, the former presidents of Chile and the Dominican Republic, and other experts on Latin America. The students spend the remainder of the program in Spain.
Since 2010 the Botín Foundation, headquartered in Santander, Cantabria, Spain, has supported the Program on Leadership, Liberal Arts and Public Service at Brown University. The program is managed by the Watson Institute and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.