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Kellner Family Foundation Sponsors 57 Students at the World’s Best Universities

20. August 2014 The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are, among many others, universities where students receiving grants under The Kellner Family Foundation’s UNIVERSITIES project will soon be studying. In the sixth year that Foundation has been running the project, 57 students from the Czech Republic have been offered a grant from the Foundation giving them the opportunity to attend top universities, most of them in other countries, in the coming school year.

The Foundation awards grants through the UNIVERSITIES project to students who are achieving excellent academic results but whose social background complicates their access to a high-quality education. The Kellner Family Foundation will provide approximately CZK 11 million in grants under this project this year.

“Every year, approximately one hundred Czech students apply for grants from the Universities project. Each and every one of them achieves exceptional academic results, and each and every one of them is determined to be among the very best in their chosen field of study. It was therefore not at all easy to pick the 16 new students to join the project this year,” says Mrs. Hana Halfarová, Director of the Universities and Open Gate projects at The Kellner Family Foundation. Nevertheless, the Foundation’s grant is usually not the only source of education financing the students receive.

“Students will not only get a good education, but also valuable experience of life outside their home country. They most frequently head to universities in the United Kingdom, the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as other countries; and some of them continue to pursue their education here in the Czech Republic,” adds Mrs. Hana Halfarová. Their chosen areas of study also vary broadly. Students are opting for courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, economics, law, journalism, and political science, as well as both visual and musical arts.

Candidates must submit their grant applications to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees by the end of May of each year. Applicants must attach their academic and extracurricular achievements, proof of language proficiency in the form of examination results, a reference from a person who has been contributing to the candidate’s academic or artistic development, information about the target university/college, an essay on their plans for the future, and documents proving the candidate’s current financial standing. Great emphasis is also placed on volunteering and other things the student does for the benefit of their community and society as a whole.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides grants on the basis of the selections and recommendations made by a panel composed of Mrs. Renáta Kellnerová, Professor Radek Špíšek, and Mrs. Hana Halfarová. In the second round of the selection process, the panel meets with the winning students for personal interviews.

Number of Universities Project Students

List of universities and colleges attended by students from the Czech Republic sponsored by The Kellner Family Foundation in the 2014/2015 school year

United Kingdom | The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Coventry University, Durham University, The University of St Andrews, The University of Aberdeen, The University of York, University College London, The University of Glasgow, The University of Bristol, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Exeter, Aberystwyth University,  Bath Spa University, The University of Warwick

U.S.A. | Boston University, Columbia University in the City of New York, Grinnell College, The Juilliard School of Music New York, Lynn University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Yale University

Czech Republic | Charles University’s Second and Third Faculties of Medicine, ČVUT’s IT Faculty, University of New York in Prague/Empire State College, The Jan Amos Komensky University Prague, Unicorn College, The University of Finance and Administration in Prague, The Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague

Australia | The University of Adelaide;

Canada | The University of British Columbia;

Germany | Technische Universität Dresden;

Netherlands | Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam;

Notes for editors:

The Kellner Family Foundation is a family foundation set up by Mrs. Renáta Kellnerová and Mr. Petr Kellner in 2009 with a view to promoting mainly long-term educational projects intended for elementary school students and teachers, students of secondary schools and higher education institutions, and also postgraduates. It seeks out and supports academically gifted children and young people who grow up in environments that impede or prevent their access to high-quality education. The Foundation also provides grants to Czech scientists and research teams. It also lends a helping hand to promote a renaissance of philanthropic traditions and cultural heritage in the Czech Republic.

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Attachment to the Press Release: List of Scholarship Holders under the UNIVERSITIES project for the 2014/2015 school year

Scholarship holder University/College Field of Study
Abbasová, Hana The University of Finance and Administration Corporate Management and Finance
Adlerová, Barbora The University of Warwick Sociology and Culture
Benedetti, Simona Unicorn College International Trade and Management
Berger, František Jan Amos Komensky University Journalism
Bošková, Kateřina University of New York in Prague/Empire State College Psychology
Bucháček, Martin The University of Cambridge Mathematics and Physics
Buráň, Michal The University of Cambridge Mathematics
Čaloun, Jakub Durham University Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Čech, Jaroslav Bath Spa University Business and Management
Figala, Jan Imperial College London Aviation Engineering
Flegelová, Barbora The University of Finance and Administration Marketing Communication
Gelnarová, Michaela Grinnell College International Relations
Hassan, Alinuur Bille Charles University, 2nd Faculty of Medicine General Medicine
Hausmanová, Tereza The University of Warwick History and Political Science
Havlíček, Vojtěch Imperial College London Physics
Hazi, Josef The University of Oxford/The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Materials Science
Hříbalová, Kristýna The University of York/University of British Columbia Economics
Chalupa, Lukáš ČVUT, IT Faculty Web and Multimedia
Chalupný, Jan The University of York Politics and Economics
Jaškeová, Nikola The Institute of Hospitality Management Hotel Management
Jelínek, Jiří Columbia University Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy
Jelínek, Jonáš University of St Andrews International Relations
Jordán, Tomáš Boston University Biomedical Engineering
Kábrt, Martin The University of York Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Kohout, Pavel The University of Cambridge Engineering
Košata, Jan The University of Edinburgh Chemistry with Industrial Experience
Kroupová, Tereza University College London Atomic and Particle Physics with Cellular and Molecular Biology
Lalák, Adam The University of Cambridge Philosophy
Langr, Jakub The University of Oxford Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Leopoldová, Zuzana University College London European Social and Political Studies
Licková, Viktorie Coventry University Illustration and Graphics
Mach, Stanislav The University of Warwick Mathematics
Machálková, Alena The University of Aberdeen International Relations and Sociology
Marková, Nikola The University of Glasgow Psychology
Michal, Šimon The Juilliard School of Music New York Violin Playing
Michalčák, Ján University College London Politics and East European Studies
Mimrová, Monika The University of Finance and Administration Corporate Management and Finance
Musil, Jakub The University of Edinburgh Celtic & Linguistics
Musilová, Eva Charles University, 3rd Faculty of Medicine General Medicine
Mysliveček, Libor The University of Bristol Medicine
Paleček, Petr Northwestern University Psychology, Economics
Pečeňa, Adam Northwestern University Communications
Podhajský, Šimon Yale University Cognitive Science
Procházka, Patrik Lynn University Psychology, Management
Růžičková, Tereza The University of Oxford Psychology and Philosophy
Řezníček, Daniel The University of Glasgow Politics, Spanish, Central and East European Studies
Smutná, Jana Imperial College London Physics
Sova, Michael Imperial College London Materials Engineering
Svobodová, Anežka The University of Exeter Economics and Politics
Šícha, Prokop Technische Universität Dresden International Relations
Titěra, Tomáš Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Communication and the Media
Venenyová, Jolana The University of Oxford Russian and East European Studies
Vinárek, Michal The University of Glasgow Computer Science/Trade and Management
Vrtělová, Jitka Aberystwyth University Law and International Relations
Za Nzambi, Jennifer The University of Edinburgh Economics and Politics
Zlámalová, Eliška The University of Edinburgh/University of Adelaide Molecular Genetics
Žídek, Augustin The University of Cambridge Mathematics and IT
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