The Committee of Good Will - The Olga Havel Foundation in cooperation with ČSOB have been providing study scholarships to students with social and health disadvantages for 25 years. Another 22 high school and university students received this support in the autumn.
Since this autumn, 90 young people with disabilities, children's homes or socially disadvantaged families have been receiving scholarships from the fund.
"Unfortunately, the current crisis situation has even greater impact on the most vulnerable and the weakest of all - the people with health or social disabilities and the elderly. Our goal is to protect those people and not to leave them on the margin of society. Although we conducted admission interviews with scholarship applicants under difficult conditions, we are very pleased to be able to support 22 new students who overcame serious obstacles on the way to education,” reveals Monika Granja, director of the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel Foundation.
"The joint program with the Committee of Good Will is our oldest social responsibility project that lasts for 25 years. Thanks to the program, we can give education to students who have difficult access to it. Especially in these times, we are happy that we can motivate other young people and help them to find employment through our joint project,” added Petr Hutla, CEO and member of the ČSOB Board of Directors, who is also responsible for the area of social responsibility.
Matěj Kroužil, a 22-year-old university student from Pardubice, is one of 22 new students who received the financial contribution from the Education Fund in the autumn.
"Getting a scholarship is a big help for me to complete my studies at private university. I study animation and visual effects at the University of Creative Communication, where I gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in trick, 3D animation studios, and I should then find employment in companies focused on the production of advertising videos and virtual reality. After graduating, I would like to focus on animation and to use it fully in practice, "says Matěj. He has already completed his first year of study, but also his first successes in the form of a charity exhibition of his own graphic works. For three years he has also been working on development of a computer game.
This school year 90 students received scholarships from the Education Fund. Since the inception of the program in 1995, 626 students have received scholarship support and another 602 have received the one-time grant for tuition or study aids. In total, over CZK 35,8 million were spent in order for children and young people with health or social disabilities to be able to study.