The Alejandro Angel Escobar Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, devoted to the promotion of scientific investigation and social development programs in Colombia through the annual awarding of the Alejandro Angel Escobar Prizes in science and solidarity.
The Foundation was created and endowed by Alejandro Angel Escobar in his will and was legally established in July 1954 by his widow, María Restrepo de Angel, following her deceased husband’s wishes. Mrs. Angel was the President and animating spirit of the Foundation until her death in 1990.
Since its creation, 50 years ago, the Foundation has awarded prizes to more than 80 of the most transcending scientific investigations in recent Colombian history in numerous fields of science such as medicine, biology, agronomy, entomology, engineering, computer science, geology, economics, sociology, and history to name a few. It has also recognized and stimulated nearly a hundredth non-profit organizations working actively for the benefit and well-being of Colombian citizens and their communities.
Additionally, the Foundation manages the Colombia Biodiversa Scholarship Fund, aimed at promoting scientific investigations leading to the understanding, conservation and sustainable use of Colombian biodiversity. These scholarships are awarded for the development of undergraduate and graduate theses of students from biological sciences, social sciences or careers related to the Fund’s mission.
The Foundation is also a member of the National Environmental Forum, a joint entity dedicated to the discussion of current issues on the environment and sustainable development.