Nine students of Palacký University Olomouc – namely from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Physical Culture, as well as the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology – received support from the UP Endowment Fund[B1] . This year, the fund will distribute €33,000 among them.
The students who succeeded in the selection procedure of the UP Endowment Fund were invited to meet Martin Procházka, university rector and also chair of the fund’s Board of Trustees, and Jiří Rudolf, the fund’s director, where they signed a contract that will allow them to use the financial contribution.
This year the UP Endowment Fund supports nine scholarship holders, a record.
“Let me congratulate you and wish you success. I appreciate the fact that students from five different faculties of our university succeeded with their projects and I look forward to having your present the results of your work,” said Rector Procházka.
The UP Endowment Fund receives funds to support talented students from both corporate and individual donors, as well as from important sponsors who care about the development of young talents and society in general. Commercial Bank (Komerční banka) has been the general partner of the UP Endowment Fund for several years now; Sigma Group Inc. became another main partner this year.
“Nine very promising students, who will now be able to work on their research projects with the potential to contribute to sustainable development and whose results will be applicable in practice, could only be supported thanks to the generosity of our donors,” emphasised Rudolf, Director of the UP Endowment Fund and university fundraiser.
In this year’s call, student applicants submitted their projects to the Board of Trustees for the eighth year running. Those who succeeded now have one year to conclude their projects, after which they will submit a final report and feedback on their acquired competences to the fund’s Board of Trustees.
In addition to their research work, the scholarship holders will also intern at prestigious foreign institutions; many of them will lead their own projects for the first time, working with their own budget, presenting their work at professional conferences and public events.
“The fund, in collaboration with the UP Career Centre, will also provide them with ongoing support during the realisation of their projects and other opportunities for development, such as workshops, courses, career counselling, and coaching. In this context, I would like to stress that the activities of the centre are open not only to fund scholarship holders but also to all UP students. In the autumn, the UP Division for Communications and Student Affairs is planning a new course, Leadership Matters, focusing on creative leadership,” said Katrin Stark, the university’s coordinator for work with talented students. She said the new course was inspired by best practice examples from international concepts and organisations and built upon collaboration with experts in the fields who could guide participants through the key topics. Students will be able to apply for the course in September.
UP Endowment Fund stipend winners
Pavel Vyvlečka, UP Faculty of Science (Geoinformatics and Cartography), €1700. Eva Szczyrbová, UP Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (Medical Biology), €4200. Eliška Vodáková, UP Faculty of Arts (Kinanthropology), €4350. Eliška Pinďáková, UP Faculty of Science (Biochemistry), €2450. Kristýna Kultová, UP Faculty of Health Sciences (Intensive Nursing Care), €3000. Eliška Zgarbová, UP Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (Molecular and Cell Biology), €5800. Daniel Chrenko, UP Faculty of Science (Experimental Biology), €4900. Ludmila Včelařová, UP Faculty of Science (Experimental Biology), €3400. Marta Sýkorová, UP Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology (Social and Spiritual Determinants of Health), €3000.