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

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.

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 holderUniversity/CollegeField of StudyAbbasová, HanaThe University of Finance and AdministrationCorporate Management and FinanceAdlerová, BarboraThe University of WarwickSociology and CultureBenedetti, SimonaUnicorn CollegeInternational Trade and ManagementBerger, FrantišekJan Amos Komensky UniversityJournalismBošková, KateřinaUniversity of New York in Prague/Empire State CollegePsychologyBucháček, MartinThe University of CambridgeMathematics and PhysicsBuráň, MichalThe University of CambridgeMathematicsČaloun, JakubDurham UniversityPhilosophy, Politics and EconomicsČech, JaroslavBath Spa UniversityBusiness and ManagementFigala, JanImperial College LondonAviation EngineeringFlegelová, BarboraThe University of Finance and AdministrationMarketing CommunicationGelnarová, MichaelaGrinnell CollegeInternational RelationsHassan, Alinuur BilleCharles University, 2nd Faculty of MedicineGeneral MedicineHausmanová, TerezaThe University of WarwickHistory and Political ScienceHavlíček, VojtěchImperial College LondonPhysicsHazi, JosefThe University of Oxford/The Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMaterials ScienceHříbalová, KristýnaThe University of York/University of British ColumbiaEconomicsChalupa, LukášČVUT, IT FacultyWeb and MultimediaChalupný, JanThe University of YorkPolitics and EconomicsJaškeová, NikolaThe Institute of Hospitality ManagementHotel ManagementJelínek, JiříColumbia UniversityHuman Rights and Humanitarian PolicyJelínek, JonášUniversity of St AndrewsInternational RelationsJordán, TomášBoston UniversityBiomedical EngineeringKábrt, MartinThe University of YorkPhilosophy, Politics and EconomicsKohout, PavelThe University of CambridgeEngineeringKošata, JanThe University of EdinburghChemistry with Industrial ExperienceKroupová, TerezaUniversity College LondonAtomic and Particle Physics with Cellular and Molecular BiologyLalák, AdamThe University of CambridgePhilosophyLangr, JakubThe University of OxfordPhilosophy, Politics and EconomicsLeopoldová, ZuzanaUniversity College LondonEuropean Social and Political StudiesLicková, ViktorieCoventry UniversityIllustration and GraphicsMach, StanislavThe University of WarwickMathematicsMachálková, AlenaThe University of AberdeenInternational Relations and SociologyMarková, NikolaThe University of GlasgowPsychologyMichal, ŠimonThe Juilliard School of Music New YorkViolin PlayingMichalčák, JánUniversity College LondonPolitics and East European StudiesMimrová, MonikaThe University of Finance and AdministrationCorporate Management and FinanceMusil, JakubThe University of EdinburghCeltic & LinguisticsMusilová, EvaCharles University, 3rd Faculty of MedicineGeneral MedicineMysliveček, LiborThe University of BristolMedicinePaleček, PetrNorthwestern UniversityPsychology, EconomicsPečeňa, AdamNorthwestern UniversityCommunicationsPodhajský, ŠimonYale UniversityCognitive ScienceProcházka, PatrikLynn UniversityPsychology, ManagementRůžičková, TerezaThe University of OxfordPsychology and PhilosophyŘezníček, DanielThe University of GlasgowPolitics, Spanish, Central and East European StudiesSmutná, JanaImperial College LondonPhysicsSova, MichaelImperial College LondonMaterials EngineeringSvobodová, AnežkaThe University of ExeterEconomics and PoliticsŠícha, ProkopTechnische Universität DresdenInternational RelationsTitěra, TomášErasmus Universiteit RotterdamCommunication and the MediaVenenyová, JolanaThe University of OxfordRussian and East European StudiesVinárek, MichalThe University of GlasgowComputer Science/Trade and ManagementVrtělová, JitkaAberystwyth UniversityLaw and International RelationsZa Nzambi, JenniferThe University of EdinburghEconomics and PoliticsZlámalová, EliškaThe University of Edinburgh/University of AdelaideMolecular GeneticsŽídek, AugustinThe University of CambridgeMathematics and IT

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