Elena Poniatowska, NHU student Patricia Carolina Ruiz who is a senior in the school’s Liberal Arts Studies program. Ruiz was chosen to be the first recipient of the scholarship because she “exemplifies the spirit of Elena Poniatowska in her tenacity, determination and desire to change the world for the betterment of humanity,”said NHU Provost Juan Necochea.
Poniatowska grew up in France, Mexico and the United States, but she developed her career as a writer and journalist in Mexico. Her work spans more than five decades, and she has published dozens of books, essays and short stories. Among her many acclaimed works is her documentation of the 1968 Mexico City confrontation between student activists and government armed forces.
The awards she has received for her work include the Premio Nacional de Periodismo and the Romulo Gallegos Prize. She was nominated this year for the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature (2012), which recognizes a writer’s entire body of work. Her latest book, Leonora, was published in Spanish this year.