Brief description of the founder
Mr. Alfonso Martín Escudero
He was born to a poor family in Brihuega (Guadalajara) on 10 June 1901 and he was the second-oldest of eight brothers and sisters.
His father was a telegraph operator and worked in Mombuey (Zamora). At the age of 13, forced by his family’s difficult financial situation and thanks to his talent as an entrepreneur, he left the family home and started work as an assistant to a fabric representative.
He married Lucía Lavandera Espina, who died before they had children.
His growing wealth and entrepreneurial spirit led him to cross the Atlantic and start up in America. He initially set up business in Cuba, where his exceptional instinct and training turned him into a forerunner of a wide variety of businesses.
However, he did not abandon his business in Spain and set up, among others, the Alfomelo Iron Mining Company to work a mining concession in Lubrin (Almería), together with a subsidiary mines transport company that shipped the ore mined in Lubrin, exporting it to European countries that were in great need of iron ore. At the time, he also acquired the company C.U.P.A., which owned a large extension of land on Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid.
He left Cuba when he anticipated that the island was to undergo great change and moved to Brazil, where, after various trading transactions, he acquired shares in a bank of the state of São Paulo. His management of the bank brought him first-hand knowledge of the country’s economic and commercial situation. He died in Brazil at the age of 88 years.
Consequently, he made every material and personal effort to incorporate the Teaching-Charity Foundation that bears his name on 27 June 1957. It was classified as a private foundation under the protectorate of the Ministry of Education on 4 February 1958. He governed the foundation himself until his death, giving it much dedication and donating generously.
His foundation’s purpose clearly shows his great concern and interest in personal development through training: fostering research and the extension of higher studies, awarding prizes and distinctions for large projects in the area of science and research, peace, progress, culture and the well-being of humanity, awarding grants for studies in higher education and awarding financial aid for unqualified workers who want to receive professional training.