BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Wyłoniono 50 finalistów tegorocznej Olimpiady Przedsiębiorczości
50 Finalists of this-year’s Entrepreneurship Olympiad Selected

After the day-long contest at the district stage we now know the list of 50 young economists who will compete for admission to the public economic universities and prizes in the finals on April 6. The best young economists were selected from among over 1,000 senior high school students who took part in the district qualifying round.

Zawody szkolne Olimpiady Przedsiębiorczości za nami
The first stage of the Entrepreneurship Olympics is over

Over 15,500 students from almost one thousand secondary high schools took part in the first stage of the 12th round of the Entrepreneurship Olympics that was held on December 1. The slogan of this round of the Olympics is “Leadership in Business”. This huge group of young enthusiasts of entrepreneurship had to do a test checking their knowledge in economy, management, psychology and business practice. PAFF is the strategic partner of the Olympics.

Stypendia pomostowe – dobry start na studia
Bridge Scholarships – a good start to university

700 scholarships for the first year of studies were received by students from villages and small towns, from low income families, who started full-time studies this year. The ceremony of the 15 th edition of the Bridge Scholarships Program inauguration took place on November 23 in Warsaw.

This undertaking was launched in 2002 in response to a serious social problem – the clear disparity of access to higher education between urban and rural youth. The program helps talented young people from small localities, including former state-owned farm areas, make the decision to begin university studies by offering them first-year scholarships.

 

The Bridge Scholarships Program is a joint undertaking of various partners. It is financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the National Bank of Poland, the PZU Foundation (State Insurance Group), the BGK Foundation, the Orange Foundation, the BGŻ Foundation, the Rural Development Foundation and a coalition of some 100 local NGOs. The undertaking is implemented with the organizational assistance of the Agricultural Property Agency and in cooperation with Professor Bronislaw Geremek’s Center as well as the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation. During the fourteen editions of the program the Partners have disbursed close to PLN 92 million, including PLN 52.5 million provided by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.

Since 2006, under the “Diploma of Dreams” campaign intended to encourage and support additional local NGOs to become involved in scholarship initiatives, 138 organizations have extended assistance to 3,461 scholarship holders.

Since the beginning of the program, a total of over 19,500 scholarships have been awarded, including more than 14,000 scholarships for the first year of studies. In the 2015/16 academic year, 1283 students and doctoral students have received scholarships, including 846 for the first year of studies.

 

The program is currently a scholarship system whose offer goes beyond support for the first year of studies. Scholarship holders who do extremely well in their academic pursuits have a chance for assistance in successive years of study - for the second year they may enter the “Top Student” competition. They may also try for corporate scholarships for their third and fourth years, a “Study Abroad” initiative and doctoral scholarships. The program’s offer also includes language scholarships and workshops preparing scholarship holders for entering the job market.

 

Also available under the program are summer internships in the United States (“the Polish-American Internship Initiative”), organized in cooperation with the US Embassy in Warsaw. In the years 2011-2015, 79 students have worked as interns in the following companies: Chevron North America, Boeing, Citi, General Electric Hitachi, Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Westinghouse Electric Company.

 

One segment of the program offered scholarships addressed to high-performing students of economics from small towns and rural areas, enrolled in non-state institutions and private business schools. Between 2001-2014, nearly 7,000 such scholarships were awarded.

 

A survey conducted among scholarship holders revealed that nearly 30 percent of them would not have been able to undertake university studies were it not for the Bridge Scholarships Program. Nearly 90 percent of graduates had grade averages of “good” or better, and 80 percent completed them without any delays. A mere 4 percent dropped out. More than 50 percent of them plan to continue their education after graduation.

 

Through its Bridge Scholarships Program, the PAFF also lends support to the scholarship initiatives and volunteer activities conducted by the Good Network Foundation. These include www.mojestypendium.pl portal, Poland's largest internet service dedicated to scholarships, as well as the “Good Scholarships” competition promoting the best scholarship programs carried out by local governments, schools of higher education, companies and non-governmental organizations.

 

The program’s media partners are “Rzeczpospolita” daily as well as “Forum Akademickie” (the Academic Forum) and “Perspektywy” (Perspectives) monthly.

 

The Foundation has disbursed $20,450,323, including $625,529 for the current edition of the program.
 

Program Manager:
The Educational Enterprise Foundation
27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl 
website:
www.stypendia-pomostowe.pl

Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

 

The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
tel. (22) 825 70 22
e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org  
www.dobrasiec.org

 

Responsible within PAFF:
Radosław Jasiński  (Program Director)