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
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

Project Report | Nov 13, 2020
Quarterly Report Scholarship Program

By Ajlana Osmanagic | Program Director

Salih Best Student Award
Salih Best Student Award

Scholarship and Personal Development Program

Quarterly Report

July - September 2020

Over the last few months, it has been inspiring to see the Bosana community respond to challenges with astounding compassion. Your investment in our shared vision of a better future continues to transform our students’ lives. On behalf of our students and staff, thank you!

Historically, this quarter is the busiest time of the year for our staff. It is the end of the academic year and time to select new students for our Scholarship and Professional Development Program. It is also the time for graduations and graduate school enrollment.  Please read more about all our graduates, new students, and remarkable voluntary work our students have been doing during this past quarter.

Students and Program Update:

This has been an incredible quarter for Bosana students. We are richer for having 3 new Doctor of Medicine. Ivana, Saima and Stipan passed all their requirements and officially became doctors. All three of them also passed their state exams in this same quarter.  Our doctors, however, are not the only new Bosana graduates.  Additional students who received their bachelor’s degrees during the past few months are: Senita, Ahmedina, Benjamin, Salih, Suncica and Zenajda. Josip and Sanela received their master’s degree.

In September, we also welcomed 13 new students into our Scholarship Program and additional 5 students into our Professional Development Program.

With record number of scholarship applications received this year – 219! - selection process was not an easy task. We were impressed with so many wonderful, talented and driven applicants who want to secure a better future for themselves. In the end, however, scholarship committee narrowed down their choices to a final list of new Bosana scholarship applicants.

Highlights of the quarter:

We are excited to report all these inspiring news about our students:

  • Each year, we recognize Bosana's Best Student of the Year with a monetary award according to his/her grades, involvement with the Foundation, and their volunteer hours. Once again, our staff had the difficult task of choosing only one student. All Bosana students are amazing individuals who are dedicated to their studies as well as their voluntary work. After much consideration, what put Salih ahead of his peers was his significant academic and professional improvement over the past two years that we simply had to recognize and reward. Salih was born in Kladanj and he studied in the field of Food Technology at the University in Tuzla. At his university, he is also recognized as one of the best students among his peers and he graduated in September finishing his last year with a 4.0 GPA. Salih will start his master's program in November this year. Aside from his academic achievements, Salih always finds time for extracurricular activities and his hobbies, like basketball. He also volunteers at the Red Cross Kladanj and at his basketball club "Kladanj 72" as an assistant coach.
  • Aleksandra from Doboj, who is studying Mathematics at the University in Banja Luka, participated in a project "Move". The project is implemented within the project "Creating a more favorable environment for civil society - EMBRACE" funded by the Norwegian Government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
  • Ivana has been part of the BOSANA Foundation family since 2016. She was born and raised in Capljina. Ivana received her medical degree from University of Mostar, passed her state exam and started working as a doctor at a hospital in Capljina, all during this quarter.
  • Saima received her medical degree from University of Tuzla and passed her state exam in August. During the pandemic she dedicated her time to volunteering and helping her community. She is now actively looking for employment.
  • Stipan received his medical degree from the University of Mostar and passed his state exam. He was volunteering during the pandemic as well.  Currently, he is looking for a job and is waiting to hear some positive news.  
  • Ahmedina graduated from the University of Tuzla and she will continue her education in the field of social work. In November, she will start her master’s program.
  • Senita, from Kladanj, she received her bachelor’s in Economics from University of Tuzla and she was also one of the students with the perfect GPA.  Senita will start her master’s program in November.
  • This year, during Bosana’s Annual Benefit we presented Benjamin’s book called "Heroes without Capes". We are so proud of Benjamin because he graduated college in June and started his first job in September at the elementary school "Safet-beg Bašagic" in Sarajevo as an educator-rehabilitator. Benjamin has always worked closely with children with disabilities as a volunteer in many organizations. It's no surprise that as soon as Benjamin graduated, one of the schools called him to come and work for them.
  • Our student Suncica, took part in the Fridensgrund BiH, a summer peace camp as a peer educator within the Let's Walk Together Alone project. About thirty young people from Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, Mostar, Orašje, Odzak, Gornja Dubica, Tuzla, Domaljevac, Vareš, Vitez, and Zenica participated and spent seven days socializing, learning about the customs and traditions of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Suncica is one of the most active Bosana students when it comes to her participation in various projects and we are really proud to help her further develop her interests and skills.
  • Suncica received her bachelor’s from the University of Political Sciences in Sarajevo and plans to enroll in Peace and Security Studies Master's program.
  • In August, our student Pelka, participated in “Peace Caravan 2020”. She shares with us her impressions: “The Peace Caravan was realized in five cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Tuzla, Bijeljina, Brcko, and Doboj). I met 20 young and ambitious individuals who are ready to make a change in their local community. I wrote a project with my colleague Abdija Beganovic called "Inclusive Dialogue". 3 out of 17 best projects were selected and our project was among the first 3 projects, which will be financed by the U.S Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina" Peace Caravan is really a wonderful project and I recommend it to every young person who wants to make a positive change."
  • Adi, our medical student at the University in Mostar, was hired to help at the United World College in the isolation ward during the month of August. Adi's task was to be the supervisor in residence and to monitor patients’ vital signs. He also took additional care of the patients by providing them with meals and making sure that the patients did not leave their rooms. Bravo Adi, Bosana is so proud of you and your volunteer activities.

We are proud that our students are not only dedicated to their studies, but are also making a difference through their volunteer work.

“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.  Bosana’s former students are also part of this project.  The project is funded with their personal donations which Bosana also matches each month. Students vote each month on what projects they want to support based on the funds available.

In September, our students decided to support not one, but four initiatives with their „Bosana Students for Humanity“ project.

One initiative went towards purchasing books and accessories for 18 school children living in foster families. Books were distributed to these children through their social workers.

The second project our students completed this month was to help a family of eight (8) from Tuzla by purchasing food, basic necessities, paying for children's school supplies, and paying off their electrical bill.

The third initiative was to help raise funds for an operation of a rare tumor for one young father. An official fundraiser was organized and one of Bosana students suggested donating a portion of their funds to this fundraiser.

Lastly, students donated to a student from Zenica who needed help paying for his dorm room fees.  

Bosana graduates this quarter
Bosana graduates this quarter
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Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Senita Slipac
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