The Techint Group has awarded 1,300 scholarships to high school and university students with outstanding results
The Techint Group has awarded 1,300 scholarships to high school and university students with outstanding results Scholarships have been awarded to 1,080 secondary-school students and 213 university students in the areas of engineering and applied sciences, who have excelled in terms of effort and academic prowess in eight Argentine provinces. The first scholarship award ceremony was held at the Roberto Rocca Technical School in Campana and hosted by Paolo Rocca, president of the Techint Group.
The Techint Group has awarded a total of 1,293 Roberto Rocca Scholarships to students achieving high standards of academic performance from 155 high schools and 19 universities in Argentina. The company has been making this contribution to young people living in its communities of influence for the last 47 years, involving an investment of over AR$ 327 million in 2023. The central aim is to accompany secondary and university-level students who stand out for their academic excellence and commitment, and who need financial support to be able to continue their studies.
The main event for the presentation of the secondary-school scholarships in Campana took place at the Roberto Rocca Technical School in Campana, and was hosted by Paolo Rocca, president of the Techint Group. Rocca was flanked by senior executives Guillermo Hang, Vice President of the Techint Group, Javier Martínez Álvarez, President of Tenaris Southern Cone, and Erika Bienek, Global Director of Community Relations.
“There is no industrial company capable of growing over time and introducing innovation that does not receive solid support from its neighboring community. We are convinced that merit and commitment to education are essential components for building this relationship. We believe in a society where opportunities are open to everyone and where effort is recognized. In each of you, there is a heritage, an extraordinary wealth of talent and drive that must be encouraged to develop and be fulfilled. This is the task befitting a company, a community and a country. And we all have to achieve that together,” said Rocca to the assembled gathering of scholarship recipients and their families.
Martínez Álvarez remarked that, “I want to congratulate all the students who received their
Roberto Rocca Scholarship for academic excellence. You are the example of the Argentina we want, a country that encourages development and opportunities by rewarding effort."
The Secondary-school Students’ scholarships program is one of the Techint Group’s longest
standing initiatives and also the one which has achieved the greatest presence worldwide. Launched in 1976 in Argentina as a way of encouraging the children of its employees, in 2006, the program was opened up to all students from the communities where the Techint Group companies are present.
The award of secondary-school scholarships takes into consideration the socioeconomic
situation of the family and the student’s standard of academic excellence as criteria for the allocation of the grant, promoting equal opportunities and social mobility. In fact, 63% of the secondary-school scholars attend technical schools, while women represent 53% of this number. The awards are granted in 13 communities where Tenaris, Ternium, Tecpetrol, and Techint Engineering & Construction companies perform industrial operations, carry out infrastructure works or operate hydrocarbons reserves (Aguaragüe, Añelo, Campana, Catriel, Comodoro Rivadavia, Ensenada, Gral. Pacheco, Rada Tilly, Ramallo, San Nicolás, Senillosa, Villa Constitución and Zárate). More than 14,000 scholarships have been awarded since the program was launched.
University scholarships have been awarded to 213 students at 19 public and private
universities in Santa Fe, Buenos Aires, La Plata, Neuquén and the City of Buenos Aires, among
other locations. Aimed at young people studying Engineering and Geosciences, the scholarships are renewed annually depending on each student's performance. Currently, the three majors where the most scholarships are awarded are mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, representing 60% of the scholarship recipients. Overall, scholarships have been granted to students taking 12 different majors. The initiative seeks to support the development of professionals in those industrial sectors with the greatest growth potential, given the shortage of these profiles.
“We are the future of this country and we have to bear in mind that here, we need university
students and educated people. It’s very important to continue studying, and this scholarship is a huge help,” said María Liz Casal, a Roberto Rocca university scholar who is studying Mechanical Engineering at the San Nicolás campus of the National Technological University (UTN in Spanish).