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The Kellner Family Foundation’s sixty grantees are heading for 37 universities in Europe, the US and Asia

31. August 2017 In the 2017/2018 academic year, 60 students will enjoy support from the Universities project run by the family foundation of Mrs Renáta Kellnerová and Mr Petr Kellner: 23 new students who have won a grant for the coming academic year and will start their first year, and 37 grantees continuing their studies begun in past years. The grantees are heading for, e.g., the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Yale University and other schools. Over the eight years for which the project has been running, 149 graduates from secondary schools across the Czech Republic have received funds for school fees and other costs incurred in university enrolment.

Every year, The Kellner Family Foundation distributes approximately CZK 10 million in grants under the Universities project. Since the 2009/2010 academic year, when the Universities project was launched, as many as 149 students have won grants. Amongst the grantees, the most popular universities include those in the UK (36 sponsored students this year), in the Czech Republic (12 students) and in the US (6 students). They will also travel to the Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland. The grantees also include graduates from the Open Gate eight-year grammar school who have attended this school thanks to need-based grants. One of them is Tereza Milošová, who will start to read law at the University of Cambridge this year.

“Over the eight years for which the foundation of Mrs Renáta Kellnerová and Mr Petr Kellner has been supporting university students, more than 70 young people have graduated from the university of their dreams, whether in the Czech Republic or elsewhere in the world. It is amazing to see the opportunities that good education offers them and how the young people are able to use it. Ranging from the commercial sphere to scientific careers to the non-profit sector to careers of professional artists – Universities project graduates are a credit to and promote the good name of the Czech Republic,” said Hana Halfarová, director of the Universities and Open Gate projects in The Kellner Family Foundation.

This year, 150 graduates from grammar and other secondary schools across the Czech Republic have applied for grants under the Universities project. The Kellner Family Foundation has published the 60 selected students on the project website. In addition to brief profiles, the website also offers blogs in which ‘older’ grantees post their impressions and experience.

The new grantees include, for example, Jakub Přibáň, who passed the International Baccalaureate examination with a full score of 45 points last May, thereby joining the group of less than 100 most successful students globally. Tereza Rozumková, who will have the opportunity to pursue her passion for art and video games as part of reading Game Art at the De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, is now also carrying out her dream. Her aim is to participate in the creation of games beneficial for the world, thanks to which people will be able to help both themselves and others. “I would like to develop my concept of video games helping people with mental disorders, and to work on the development of such games, thereby also using and diversifying the valuable knowledge of psychology that I have acquired at a secondary school in England,” said the new grantee during her interview in the grant-award process.

The fields of study that the Universities project grantees opt for have been stable for a long time; they most frequently include medical sciences, engineering subjects, and other humanities and social sciences. The only exception can be seen this year – a significant increase in interest in economics and management: seven grantees are taking this subject this year as opposed to one grantee in the last academic year.

This year, the 60 grantees will include the largest number of students from Prague (18) and from the Vysočina Region (6). Other grantees come from the Central Bohemian Region (5), the Ústí nad Labem Region (5), the Olomouc Region (5), the Moravian Silesian Region (5), the South Bohemian Region, the Hradec Králové Region and the Zlín Region (each 3 grantees), the Plzeň Region and the Liberec Region (each 2). One student comes from the South Moravian Region and one from the Karlovy Vary Region; one comes from Somalia.

The Kellner Family Foundation’s Universities project grantees meeting in August 2017

On the Universities project
Attending a foreign university does not have to be only an ambitious dream. For students who are talented but lacking sufficient funds, The Kellner Family Foundation has developed the Universities project, under which it provides financial grants to students at prestigious foreign universities and also at those in the Czech Republic.

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

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on grants on the basis of 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 every year with the winning students for personal interviews.

The Kellner Family Foundation
Family foundation of Mrs Renáta Kellnerová and Mr Petr Kellner, was set up in 2009 with a view to promoting mainly long-term educational projects intended for elementary school pupils 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. KFF also lends a helping hand to promote a renaissance of philanthropic traditions and cultural heritage in the Czech Republic.
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