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Scholarship and Personal Development Program
January – March 2020
We appreciate the continued generosity and commitment of our supporters and we would like to share with you just how much your support is impacting our programs. We are off to a great start this year. Bosana’s 11th Annual Benefit held on March 7th was a tremendous success. The goal for this event was $60,000 and we have surpassed it by raising $74,474. The event, organized during the weekend of International Women’s Day, focused on women, the importance of higher education, professional development and achievements, as well as philanthropic work.
We hosted a panel discussion with Sanja, Majla, Marsela, Mahira & Djenita - all very successful women who have made their careers in America in senior positions. The annual 'DoGooder Award' was presented to Djenita, for her many years of support and contributions to the Foundation.
Matea and Lejla, our former students, traveled from BiH to represent Bosana’s students at the event, and their heartfelt speeches were the absolute highlight of the night. Last, but certainly not least, we were honored to welcome the United States Ambassador to B&H, Eric Nelson, to the event. In his remarks, the Ambassador recognized the importance of the Foundation’s work for the youth of BiH, as well as its programs of cooperation with the United States Embassy. We thank all of the participants, honored guests, volunteers, and supporters from afar, who helped make the 11th Annual Benefit a success!
Students and Program Update:
This first quarter of the year marks the end of the fall semester and the exam season. We are proud to share with you that our students had a very successful exam season and that they will enter into the new semester ready to tackle new projects.
As we are all aware, the global changes in many countries have altered the way our students are attending their classes. Universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina have switched to online learning in order to keep their student population safe from Covid-19 pandemic. For the most schools in B&H this is a new process, and both the faculty and the students are adjusting to this new teaching approach. Some students do not have all the necessary equipment and some are lacking internet access, so this part is more challenging for them. Bosana is working on accommodating our students and havealready provided a few laptops for students who need them. We will continue to offer our support where it is needed.
Spring semester will be challenging for all. Strict movement rules are being implemented in B&H as we speak. Most of the population won’t be able to leave their house unless absolutely necessary. Positive news in all of this is that everyone is doing their best to find ways to adjust to the new normal and there are many free online academic resources now available to students across the globe. This is very beneficial for students in B&H, where academic reasources are not always available and many students have to order books from different countries.
Highlights of the quarter:
We are excited to report all these exciting news about our students:
- Pink Shirt Day, or Anti-Bullying Day, was acknowledged on February 26. It is a day when people wear pink to school or work in solidarity against bullying. Suncica was hired at the Youth Center in East Sarajevo and Catholic School Center to lead workshops on this subject.
- Pelka, our student from Tuzla, attended several seminars and professional development classes, some which were “Peace with a Female Face” held in Sombor, Serbia; lectures titled “War with Photos” and “Living Monuments”.
- Three of our medical students, Milica, Saima and Selena, attended the international congress for medical students and young physicians in Sarajevo. The 5th SaMED congress was organized in February of this year. Saima presented her work titled ‘Prevalence of Ophthalmic Disease Among Competitors of the Friendly Competition in Special Olympics “Parallel”.
- Saima was one of the organizers of the Biomedical congress organized in Tuzla at the beginning of March -Tuzla Brain Week.
- Nejra gave presentations during the pastquarter representing Center for student career development at the Economic Faculty in Sarajevo. These presentations are part of the CEO project, and they are done at various high schools in Sarajevo canton. In addition, Nejra is a part of the team working on organization of the Economic Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020.
- Matea and Lejla, former Bosana students, traveled to Los Angeles, California to attend this year’s Bosana Benefit. They spent a little over a week in Los Angeles, sightseeing and meeting our donors and volunteers. It is very important for our students to attend the event and share their stories with our donors. Bosana supporters can see firsthand how much their support means to our students and where they end up after graduation. Lejla is Bosana’s first employee and Matea is a young entrepreneur.
Last quarter we reported that our student Benjaminand his co writer and friend Lama have published a beautifully illustrated children's book called "Heroes without Capes". We are so proud to have had his book promoted at our annual event. We only had limited number of books and they were all sold at the beginning of the evening.
Josip is entering his last semester of graduate studies. There are various requirements for his major and one of them is an internship during the last semester. Josip is planning to work on his internship and has applied for the Work and Travel program which is part of the international cultural exchange program. He hopes to use this summer to work, travel, meet new friends, and improve his language skills.
“Students for Humanity” project is still thriving. Bosana students are all setting aside a part of their monthly scholarship funds for their own humanitarian projects. Some of Bosana’s former students are also part of this project.
In October, our students donated to Stefan, a student from Tuzla, who needed financial assistance during 2019/2020 academic year. Bosana students donated 500 BAM to Stefan for tuition and other accademic expenses so that he is able to finish the first year of his master’s program.
Matea and Lejla, students attending the Benefit