Huichol Scholarship Fund

The Huichol Scholarship Fund

The Huichol Scholarship Fund (HSF) provides financial assistance to Huichol youth to attend and complete their undergraduate university studies.

The HSF is premised on the idea that educated youth are an invaluable community resource in the ongoing Huichol struggle for cultural survival and political autonomy. [Note: the Huichol (wē-ˈchōl) refer to themselves as the ‘Wixarika’. However, since the latter name is unknown to most Mexicans and North Americans, we have continued to use ‘Huichol’.]

In its first year of operation (2018-19), the HSF provided scholarships of $5,000 pesos each to 6 students. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, the HSF was able to increase its support in 2019-20, providing 13 students (5 returning students plus 8 new ones) with scholarships of $6,000 pesos each.

The 13 new applicants we were unable to fund this year remind us that the financial need remains greater than our financial resources. In the future, we hope the HSF can support more students, while providing each recipient with a larger scholarship.

Three ways to donate to the HSF:

While the HSF benefits from institutional funding and voluntary labour provided by its three partner organizations (International Friendship Club, Volcanes Community Education Project/Rotary Sur, and Wixarika Research Centre), it remains heavily dependent upon donations from individuals to fund scholarships. There are three ways you can donate:

  • (1)>Click the DONATE button below. Donations can be made through PayPal using your paypal account or with a regular credit card.

    NOTE: Your donation is in Mexican pesos. Paypal will convert to your currency based on current exchange rates.
  • (2) By making a tax-exempt donation (details on the different processes for Americans and Canadians are below)
  • (3) By making a cash donation at a fundraising event (see list of upcoming HSF events below)

How Americans can make a tax-exempt donation to the HSF

Americans can make a tax-free donation to the HSF through the special projects page of the Wixarika Research Center (WRC) website. (WRC is one of three partner organizations supporting the HSF.) To donate using Paypal or a credit card, go to

Once you’ve made your donation, send WRC an email message indicating your donation was specifically for the HSF. Go to:

How Canadians can make a tax-free donation to the HSF

Instructions for making a tax-free donation (minimum of $100 Canadian/$1500 pesos), via the existing Rotary/Volcanes Scholarship program’s tax-free donation process (cheque or credit cards), will be available here by the end of February 2020.

Fundraising events and activities for the HSF IN 2020 (all will be held at the IFC)

  • Monday Feb. 3 at 3PM: More than beads and peyote: the Huichol struggle for cultural survival (Public lecture, $100 pesos)
  • Thursday, Feb 6 at 7PM: Huicholes: the last peyote Guardians (Film with guest speaker, $100 pesos)
  • Tuesday, Feb 11 from 10AM until noon: Book pick-up for those who ordered a copy of Grand Masters of Wixarika Art
  • Tuesday, Feb 18 at 10 AM: The Huichol Scholarship Fund: why it’s needed and how it operates
  • Starting Saturday Feb. 29 and ongoing: sale of the book Grand Masters of Wixarika Art, with all proceeds going to the HSF, at the Colectika Gallery in Puerto Vallarta (corner of Calle Guadalupe Sanchez and Calle Allende, in El Centro) <

Background on the HSF

The HSF is a small charitable program that relies on voluntary labor and the administrative support from  the three organizations that created it:  the International Friendship Club (IFC), the Rotary Sur/Volcanes Community Education Project (VCEP), and the Wixarika Research Center (WRC)

The scholarships are funded by small institutional grants from the IFC and WRC, and by donations from individuals like you.

Volunteers who work with the HSF provide information about the educational experience of our scholarship recipients, the operation of the program and future plans. You can learn more about the HSF from the following documents:

For more information

Contact: Brian McDougall (IFC) à