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Description: Following the success of the “Creating Good” Contest in 2015 and 2017, during which the total amount of distributed funds exceeded BGN30,000, this year Association “Milostiv” has launched the initiative once again to help young people experiencing financial difficulties pursue university education.
We, the organizers of the contest, believe that all children have the right to proper education that will provide them a chance for a decent life. The main criterion for this should be their ability and willingness to learn and develop, not their financial and social status.
In the past, many successful Bulgarians have recognized their personal responsibility to their fellow citizens and society and readily given support. There are hundreds of cases, described in the “Charity Encyclopedia”, of people who donate from their own pockets to finance the education of children in Bulgaria. Realizing their personal responsibility in society, each of them has helped to the best of their abilities, from a single student scholarship to major funds for building schools and universities. These examples are so many and so significant that we could talk about conscious combined efforts in the name of Bulgarians and Bulgaria, as well as in support of science, religion and art.
One of these examples is Raiko Tsonchev, whose father died when he was a child. He could not afford to even buy a textbook, but then he mastered a craft, became a wealthy man and donated a large sum for the construction of a school and a church. Evlogi Georgiev, one of the most remarkable donors in Bulgaria, who together with his brother Hristo Georgiev financed the construction of Sofia University, wrote in his will: "Only the hope that I can be a part of the success and greatness of my country gives me comfort to die in peace".
Scholarship – BGN1200
A ten-month scholarship of BGN100 per month plus a lump sum of BGN200 for the purchase of textbooks will be donated in October 2018 to the top-ranked participants who have been admitted (or continue) to study at a university.
Rules for participation
In order to participate in the competition, the following requirements shall be met:
You are experiencing financial difficulties or find yourself in a disadvantaged situation (raised by a single parent, in a foster family or specialized institution, or have a long-standing health problem / disability).
You are not older than 21 years of age.
You intend to enroll at a university in 2018 or you are currently a university student.
You hold an average grade greater than 4.50.
15.08.2018 г. - Deadline for submission of the application package.
Please, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Contact details
Full name as appears in passport, email address and phone number
2. Letter of motivation
The letter should be 500-1000 words long (1-2 pages) and elaborate on the following questions:
Why do I want to study at a university? What would I like to major in? What professional development would I pursue after my graduation and why? How will university education help me reach my goals?
For the candidates who are already university students, the first two questions are to be replaced by: Why did I decide to study at this university? Why did I choose this particular field of study?
Please, bear in mind that your Letter of Motivation will be published on our webpage milostiv.org.
An average grade greater than 4.50 is required.
If you are a graduate but you are not yet a university student, a copy of your high school diploma is required.
If you are already studying at a university, a copy of your transcript is required.
4. A document acknowledging your difficult financial situation or disability
If you have lived or currently live in a state foster care home or with foster parents, please provide a note to verify that.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please provide:
A copy of your birth certificate and those of your siblings under 18, if applicable;
Parents’ income statement for the last 6 months;
If one of your parents has passed away – a death certificate;
If one of your parents is unemployed, a note from the Public Employment Office certifying the unemployment.
If you are disabled – the relevant document from TELK/NELK, verifying your condition.
5. Completed and signed Personal Data Processing Agreement that can be downloaded HERE.
Chairman of the Selection Panel is Ms Vaska Glushkova, and its members – Mr Radoslav Kirkov and Mr Simeon Yordanov. Apart from meeting the abovementioned requirements, it is essential that candidates demonstrate strong motivation and will to learn and develop their skills.
The scholarships are provided entirely by private individuals and companies. Any donor is welcome to join by transferring the desired amount to the bank account of Association “Milostiv” as below, or, if the donor would like to cover an entire scholarship to one or more students, funds may be directly transferred to the student's account. Each donor can read the candidates’ Letters of Motivation and personally select whom to support.
The Organizers are volunteers and work completely free of charge. All funds deposited in the Association's account will be used solely for scholarships, no administrative fees or remunerations will be deducted. All bank transactions regarding the Association’s account are transparent and publicly accessible at - http://milostiv.org/donations.php
We encourage you to join us in our effort to help more young people learn, develop their talents, and live with dignity, thus contributing to the well-being of our society.
Beneficiary: Association “Milostiv”
PayPal Please, specify "Scholarship" as the reason for payment in the bank transfer or PayPal description (second page – select "Description" – put in "Scholarship") to acknowledge the initiative you would like to support.
We would like to thank thе volunteer Annie Ka for translating this page in English
За стипендията кандидатсваха 32-ма младежи, отговарящи на условията. Повече информация може да научите от следния адрес - milostiv.org/text/770
Благодарение на щедрите дарители успяхме да осигурим 24000 лв, които са достатъчни за 20 стипендии. Информация за всички дарения сме публикували тук - milostiv.org/donations.php
Студентите, които бяха избрани да получат стипендии са: