College education for 10 talented students in BiH

by Bosana Foundation
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
College education for 10 talented students in BiH
US Embassy Project -Bihac group
US Embassy Project -Bihac group

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

October- December 2018

 

Executive Summary:

In this quarter, Bosana students were mainly occupied with new courses and the new academic year. New students were adjusting to their new obligations, attending classes and volunteering, which is part of their BOSANA scholarship obligation.

30 BOSANA students that are part of the US Embassy supported project have also started the final stage of their project “Pairing Youth – Empowering Coexistence” which we are realizing together with Youth for Peace as our implementing partners.

In regards to fundraising, this quarter, with our donors and supporters we have raised $9,839 during the Giving Tuesday campaign. This one day of fundrasing secured three fulll scholarships for BOSANA students.

 

Students and Program Update:

October is the beginning of a new academic year and new opportunities. New students had a challenging month ahead fo them, learning the rules at the university, new courses and new colleagues. This is also the first month of their volunteer engagement. It is important for them to find organizations that will have enough hours and tasks for them every month. The goal of these volunteer hours is to help our students grow professionaly and give them skills that would better prepare them for the future. BOSANA students were successful in finding organizations where they could volunteer, some even decided to continue to volunteer at organizations where they volunteered during their high school years.

As mentioned earlier, this part of the year is also reserved for the third phase of the project “Pairing Youth – Empowering Coexistence”. Implementing partners of this project are Youth for Peace BiH. US Embassy in BiH is the financial supporter of this project.

The objective of the project, which will last for 10 months, is for thirty (30) BOSANA students from different ethnic backgrounds and different parts of BiH to be trained to understand and deal better with current complex conditions of the BiH society to create, promote and live their own narrative of coexistence as young citizens of this country, while also having the opportunity to multiply the newly gained awareness by sharing it and their experience with 600 high-school students across BIH in the cities and communities where BOSANA students live or study.

Our students have started sharing their experiences with highschool students in their own communities. This phase of the project is ongoing, due to different availabilities of educators and students. In order to fully complete the implementation, students need to receive official approval from schools and municipalities. In the next few months we will have more reports from different cities and towns.

Highlights of the quarter:

Last quarter of the year has been busy for our graduating and new students. Sixteen new students started their academic year and have already taken their midterms.

In the last quarterly newsletter we reported a number of students that graduated during the summer months, but we were also waiting on another group of students working on their diploma papers/final projects and diploma paper defense.

We are happy to report that:

  • Milena has earned Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Banjaluka in November.
  • Admir earned Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University in Tuzla.
  • Amar completed his training and became certified youth worker in Slovenia, where he is currently completing his study abroad program.
  • Armin started practicing medicine in a hospital in small town near Tuzla shortly after completing internship at the university.  
  • Adi received recognition for being the best student with highest GPA at University in Mostar.
  • Anela and Amila received their M.A. degrees. Amila already started working while Anela is exploring possibilities for a PhD program in Germany.
  • Tesnima who will receive her M.A. diploma next quarter has already started working as a substitute teacher in high school in city of Tesanj.

Bosana students are still setting aside part of their monthly scholarship for their own humanitarian projects.

Last quarter they helped secure funds for supplies that will be used to clean up and renovate space for youth organization in Sanski Most. Youth of Sanski Most should soon start using this new space that will belong to them.

Our student Ahmedina found out, though her volunteer work; about a family that has three young children and very low income. The boy that was in elementary school did not have any school supplies, shoes or proper winter clothing. Students decided to give 400KM for this project. Our students bought boots for the boy and a little girl, so they have warm shoes for the winter. They have also bought food, cleaning supplies and other household products. Family was very grateful to receive this help and our students were happy to help this family.

Additionally, students donated part of their funds to one student from Tuzla. This student was living with an ill father who had no income and a retired mother. She started third year of technical college but she had to work at the same time to support her family. Bosana students wanted to help her with tuition and books, at least for the first semester so she can focus more on her studies. One of Bosana graduating students suggested that they should donate part of their funds for this purpose. Everyone agreed, since they knew how hard it is to pay for tuition and books if parents are not employed. Azra received 500KM from Bosana students to pay her tuition, books and other school expenses.

Amila and Anela with their diplomas
Amila and Anela with their diplomas
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Student's interviews of new candidates
Student's interviews of new candidates

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

July - September 2018

 

Executive Summary:

This has been one of the most exciting quarters for Bosana Foundation students. There are so many great news that we would like to share with you. Graduating class this year is the largest one so far, some students have graduated already and we have a significant number of students that will graduate by the end of the year.

This year, our Annual Bosana Team Building was organized in Tuzla by the Bosana students themselves during the month of July.

In August, 30 Bosana students also started the training for project “Pairing Youth – Empowering Coexistence” with Youth for Peace as our implementing partners. This project is financialy supported by the US Embassy in BiH- Economic Support Fund.

Due to the large graduating class we have decided to accept the largest group of new Bosana students thus far. Bosana has welcomed sixteen (16) new scholarship recipients in September this year.

Students and Program Update:

This year, we had over 60 applications from students across Bosnia and Herzegovina and the selection was not easy. Special thanks to our 2018 Bosana Scholarship Selection Committee- comprised of four members- who did an excellent job at selecting the best candidates.

We have also tried a different approach this year when it comes to final interviews. This year, our Bosana Alumni students interviewed potential scholarship candidates and submitted their recommendations to the Committee. This is a great way to keep them involved and part of the organization, and also a way for them to give back to the organization.  

At the end of August, we began our project “Pairing Youth – Empowering Coexistence” with our implementing partners Youth for Peace BiH. US Embassy in BiH is the financial supporter of this project.

The objective of the project, which will last for 10 months, is for thirty (30) BOSANA students from different ethnic backgrounds and different parts of BiH to be trained to understand and deal better with current complex conditions of the BiH society to create, promote and live their own narrative of coexistence as young citizens of this country, while also having the opportunity to multiply the newly gained awareness by sharing it and their experience with 600 high-school students across BIH in the cities and communities where BOSANA students live or study.

Due to the limited number of spaces, we have two groups of students. First group had their five-day training at the end of August and second group started their training mid September.

Bosana Traditional Annual Team Building this year happening in Tuzla. Purpose of our gatherings is for our students to get to know each other better and to visit parts of BiH they might not have seen to build a better appreciation and connection amongst themselves and our great country.  We are happy to spend some time in Tuzla, to learn more about economic, cultural, and educational facts of the third largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Highlights of the quarter:

It has been an exhilarating experience for staff, our current and new students, to read all the posts from our graduating students thanking our donors through social media for the opportunity that has been given to them and how much this scholarship has changed their lives.

Eight students have successfully defended their final projects and officially graduated this quarter. We also have nine more students working on their final projects/exams and/or waiting to schedule their diploma paper defense.

  • Amila earned her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sarajevo and started working in her field right after graduation.
  • Armel earned Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zenica.
  • Elma earned her Bachelor of Arts in Turkish Language and Literature from the University of Tuzla.
  • Selma earned Master of Science in Radiologic Technology from the University of Mostar. She also informed us at the end of September that she was offered a position in a clinic where she has been volunteering during her time as a Bosana student. She wanted all new students to know how volunteering can change their life and help them gain employment.
  • Svjetlana earned Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Banja Luka.
  • Dzenana earned Bachelor of Arts in Security and Peace Studies from the University of Sarajevo.
  • Lejla earned Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Sarajevo
  • Anela earned Masters of Science in Biological Engineering from the University of Sarajevo.
  • Admir was also offered a position at a robotics center in Tuzla. He already started his training in September while finishing his diploma paper and once he officially graduates he will start working full time.
  • Ivana received a 5-day all expenses paid trip to Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest paid by the City of Trebinje as an award for 29 best college students from her city.

Bosana students are still setting aside part of their monthly scholarship for their own humanitarian projects.

Last quarter they helped securing the funds for supplies that will be used to clean up and renovate space for youth organization in Sanski Most. During this quarter they have been searching for a new project. It seems that this time they will help a young boy and his family prepare for winter and a new school year. We will have more information about this project in our next newsletter.

Bosana College Graduates
Bosana College Graduates
Team Building in Tuzla
Team Building in Tuzla
Anela, our Masters college graduate of Genetics
Anela, our Masters college graduate of Genetics
US Embassy project for BOSANA students
US Embassy project for BOSANA students
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US Embassy Project Training
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Anela Presentation
Anela Presentation

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

April- June 2018

 

Executive Summary:

We have very exciting news to report for this quarter because it has been a very successful quarter for many reasons. First, Bosana 9th Annual Benefit was the most successful event for our organization. Bosana volunteers and supporters, like every year, have made this event possible and have helped us collect close to $80,000. This is almost double from what we have made during our last event and thanks to this success, we cannot wait to add new students to our growing family. This year, two Bosana students attended the event and were able to share their stories of how much this Foundation is doing to make their education possible. This was certainly the most notable part of the benefit. Our student have also completed most of their classes and the exams season is in full swing. We already have a few 2018 graduates and the number should only grow in the next quarter.

Students and Program Update:

Aside from a number of student graduates this quarter, our students also had few professional opportunities to help them advance personally and professionally. Two of our students presented their research papers at the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences conference. This annual conference brings together experts from the region and all over the world, facilitating networking and learning so for our students this was a great opportunity to meet individuals in their field and connect with them professionally. The feedback they received was only positive and each of the received direct contact with experts to offered to be their mentors and help them further develop their research. Amila presented at ISAME 2018 on Advances in Mechanical Engineering while Anela presented on her work about Multiple myeloma.  

Two Bosana students who are future mechanical and electrical engineers also had a chance to visit @APLab in Sarajevo. The visit was organized for Bosana students to show them opportunities in IT sector, to learn about new technologies and challenges, as well as three-month educational programming course that if the students complete successfully, they would be offered jobs in the company. This is a great opportunity for our graduating students to have something to look forward to that could also result in obtaining an employment.

Finally, one of our students was also accepted into the Coca-Cola Program that lasts 10 weeks where students are exposed to various trainings, professional development opportunities, and if they perform well, they are offered full time employment. This informal partnership with Coca-Cola that we have established to give such opportunities to our students is a great way for our students to gain experience and new opportunities.

Highlights of the quarter:

  • Amila B. completed her master’s degree in June. She successfully defended her master’s thesis, which was selected among top five best theses at her university. Amila received an acclamation from the Dean for her outstanding academic work. She also got an internship for 6 months which she started July 1st that if completed successfully will turn into a full time employment.
  • Jasmine F. graduated at the beginning of June and obtained a BA in Turkish Language and Literature.
  • Emina P. completed her B.A. law degree. She is looking for an internship opportunity or to possibly start her MA. degree.
  • University of Vermont donated 6 laptops to our students who did not have laptops but needed them for use at the university. To date, this is the largest donation we have received and its all thanks to one of our donors who saw a post that another donor donated her laptop.   This is a perfect example how good inspires more good.

Students’ Humanitarian Project:

Bosana students are still setting aside part of their monthly scholarship for their own humanitarian projects.

During this quarter, they have agreed to help one student from Sanski Most, who is trying to get a space for youth organization so young people from her town would have a place of their own to collaborate on projects to improve their local community, as well as a place to gather for cultural, educational or fun activities. The first phase of the project would be an organization and registration of the NGO, which is already in process but requires additional funding. The second phase is a clean up, repainting and preparing the outside area of the space for utilization. They would like to clean and pain the yard, provide some seating, basketball area etc. Bosana students would like to support this project, provide financial support for the second phase – money for the paint, cleaning supplies to make it a usable space. They will sign a contract and follow the progress, hoping to provide some long-term solutions for the youth in this town.

Conclusion:

Overall, this was a very successful quarter because we managed to raise the most funds with our Annual Benefit to date, our students received some great professional development opportunities and we have a large number of students who are preparing to graduate this year. So, it has been a very successful quarter that will also be remembered as a very successful school year.

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9thAnnualBenefit
9thAnnualBenefit

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

January-March 2018

 

Executive Summary:

The first quarter of 2018 was a very dynamic and successful quarter for Bosana students. They have completed final exams from the fall semester and have also started with their spring semester. In February, Bosana Advisory Committee, which formed in November by its 7 core members, has also organized Bosana Volunteer Appreciation party for all our volunteers who have helped make our annual events successful. The same committee is also helping us to organize our 9th annual benefit. With the new funds that we hope to raise, we will accept a new group of students into our scholarship program for fall 2018.

Students and Program Update:

This first quarter of the year, especially the month of January, is usually a very busy period for our students. As mentioned, this is the period when they usually have their first round of final exams and after a little break; they have also started attending classes for the spring semester.

Overall, this was a successful exam season. Students have passed their exams with flying colors. For those that this is the final semester before finishing their B.A. degrees, they have already completed their coursework and will be working on internship or final projects in the next semester.

Highlights of the quarter:

  • Selma K. received Dean’s award for the best student at her university in Mostar, four years in a row. She was recognized with an Outstanding Student Award as the best student out of 1,200 of her fellow peers. This is a great honor for our student and all the people who have supported her on this journey.
  • Armin S. has completed all his exams and with that he has finished his university with a medical degree. Currently, he is completing his hospital rotation at the Clinical Center in Tuzla. He is also Bosana’s first student of medicine to complete his coursework. This is an amazing milestone for him as well as for Bosana. We are so proud of all that he has achieved.
  • Amar T. has commendably completed his semester abroad through ERASMUS program in Maribor, Slovenia. However, his return to Banjaluka where he is studying was very short as he will start his two month research project, all part of his university degree, in April in Montenegro.
  • Ahmedina, who is one of our most active students in her community also organized a students’ workshop at the University in Zenica and she is also responsible for creating a video with her peers about “Pink Shirt Day” – raising awareness for an Anti-Bullying Day. This is a day where communities across the world wear pink shirts to symbolize a stand against bullying.
  • Our medical student Selena T. studying in Foca, received a long awaited and needed laptop generously donated by one of our Bosana supporters.

Bosana Students’ “Students for Humanity Project Update

Each month, our students’ set aside each a symbolic 2BAM and Bosana to support their efforts also matches it 2:1. Last year, they managed to collect 1,712BAM (close to $1,000 dollars). In October, hearing a story from one of our students about an exceptional 4th year medical student who lost both parents in a matter of 10 days, were so shaken by the news that they decided to donate all of the funds they raised to make sure this student stays in school. Technically, they themselves gave a scholarship to this deserving student and she is now successfully completing her 4th year.

In February, they heard about an elementary school student who has hearing problems and who risked having to drop out of school because his parents could not afford to send him to school. They live in a rural area of Maglaj and this student has to attend school in the city of Tuzla. A local newspaper covered the story and one of our students shared it with the group. They all agreed to cover two months of his housing with the funds they raised thus far so this little boy can continue his education.

Our student in Banjaluka suggested their third humanitarian project because through an organization where she completes her Bosana’s required volunteer work, she learned about two elementary school children living with their very ill father in dreadful circumstances. Children have lost their mother and their father is not able to work due to his illness. The children were collecting iron to earn some money for food; they slept in a car, because they had no home. Our student collected money as well as clothes and shoes, from her family members, acquaintances and Bosana students. She was able to collect enough money to buy food, hygienic products, clothes and shoes. This will not solve all the problems these kids are facing, but it will at least help them with their current basic needs.

We are so proud of our students’ philanthropic efforts.

Bosana Volunteer Appreciation Party, Irvine, California, February 6th, 2018

Bosana Foundation relies heavily on our annual benefits to raise the necessary funds to finance educational opportunities for our students. We have about 50 volunteers in SoCal and they are directly responsible for our continuous success. By now, over the course of almost nine years, more than 200 volunteers have donated their time for annual and/or holiday events. Thanks to Maja Karabeg, our loyal donor and sponsor, who now donated space, food and drinks, we were able to organize our Volunteer Appreciation party to thank all the volunteers that have been donating their time to make our events successful.

We would like to, once again, express our gratitude for all the volunteers that are part of Bosana’s mission.

Additional updates:

  • The University of Vermont has generously donated six laptops to our Bosana students. This was made possible by one of our loyal supporters who suggested Bosana Foundation for this donation. These laptops will help six of our students who do not have their own laptops prepare for exams and be able to complete their coursework.
  • GlobalGiving, a non-profit organization based in the United States that provides a global crowd-funding platform for grassroots charitable projects has voted Bosana TOP ranked and TOP vetted organization among 19,000 others who operate in 170 countries.   This will help us get better visibility, access to new donors and fundraising opportunities from donors who otherwise would not know about Bosana.
  • In March, Authority Partners, IT solutions provider based in the U.S. and BiH, and one of Bosana’s most loyal supporters and sponsors have selected our President as their first Community Hero for her work in nonprofit sector in BIH. We are excited about this recognition because it strengthens further our partnership with Authority Partners.
Selena and her new laptop
Selena and her new laptop
Selma with her Dean's Award
Selma with her Dean's Award
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Amila, our future mechanical engineer
Amila, our future mechanical engineer

BOSANA FOUNDATION

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

October-December 2017

 

Executive Summary:

The new academic year started in October, new classes with more challenges, but it also brought new experiences and new memories. Our students did not have final exams yet, only midterms, but they have been very active in this quarter. Some attended official diploma award ceremonies while others attended conferences. Several students were also awarded for their academic achievements. Overall it was a successful quarter for Bosana students.

Students and Program Update:

Last quarter of the year is generally uneventful on academic front. Students are taking their classes, and in December they have midterms but they will not have final exams until January next year. Focus during this time is on classes, exam preparations and, as it turns out this year, graduation award ceremonies. We are proud to say that aside from accepting their official graduation diplomas, several students also accepted awards for academic excellence.

Highlights of the quarter:

  • Benjamin was nominated for a state scholarship by his faculty. He was the best student in 2016/17 academic year with above average GPA of 9,91. In December he received the award for being the best student at his Educational-Rehabilitation University in Tuzla.
  • Selma received Dean’s award for the best student at her university in Mostar, second year in a row. She was recognized with an Outstanding Student Award, our Selma was number one out of 1,200 students.
  • Our student Ildijana also graduated college this quarter, completing her Social Studies degree in December.  
  • Amila received recognition for her academic success as being one of the top students at her university. She is the best student in predominantly male field, and as you can see it in the photo here, she is serious about learning practical skills necessary for this major. She says that in order to do your job, you must first love what you do.
  • Official graduation ceremony was held in filled Zetra venue for all students that graduated from University of Sarajevo during the past year. Several of our recent graduates attended this ceremony. Tesnima, Anela, Denis and Sanela accepted their official diplomas.
  • Our student Amar, Bosana student currently studying a semester in Slovenia with ERASMUS program, attended IEEE BiH Student and Young Professional Congress in Sarajevo. He was very excited to learn from leading experts in their fields about entrepreneurship, technological innovations, and make some new friendships. He was particularly captivated by personal stories about experiences and defeat, how these now experts also made mistakes, and how they learned from their mistakes. Amar is grateful that he got a chance to attend this congress and work on his professional development.
  • Matea has volunteered as Lola the Clown for many years. She and friend started this small business but each year she participates in a humanitarian concert to benefit nonprofit organization “Nasa Djeca”. This organization cares for orphaned children in Mostar.
  • This year we have accepted applications from two new mentors, as of October two of our students will receive additional support that has proven to be very beneficial for their academic success.

Additional updates:

This year, Bosana participated in Giving Tuesday campaign and it was a huge success because we surpassed even our expectations. We were successful at raising $14,027 which will be enough to cover 4 full scholarships and 1 partial scholarship for the upcoming 2018/19 school year. Our donors donated $6,330 through Global Giving, $1,815 through Facebook and $ 5,882 was pledged as matching donations. We are very grateful for unwavering support we receive from our donors.

Once again we see lasting benefits of our scholarship program that are continuing through our scholarship beneficiaries. Former Bosana student Selma this year started her own campaign, together with BHeart Foundation, and she raised funds for Roma girls in her hometown to make sure they go to school. Unfortunately, access to primary education is a privilege for these girls and Selma wants to change that. Fundraising exhibition of Selma’s art was held in Washington DC on December 10th and she was able to raise $8,000.  

We are sure that this is just the first such event and that Selma will continue to give back to her community because she knows the importance of education and how much support can really change the future for children and young adults.

Benjamin, best student at his university
Benjamin, best student at his university
Selma, best student at her university
Selma, best student at her university
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Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Senita Slipac
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