AWARDED FOR THEIR ACTIONS
This spring, the Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), has awarded two scholarships (bursaries) for two university students who graduated from an ECIS member school to enable their access to higher education institutions.
The recipients this academic year were Leila Belkacem, a final-year Saharawi refugee student studying at United World College in Maastricht, Netherlands, who was awarded full fees for the first year of her university course studying Civil Engineering at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. During her time at UWCM, Leila began building leadership experiences such as organising activities with orphaned children, as well as guiding visually impaired people in Italy with the association TravelEyes, before she went on to found the “Under The Sun” project with a group of friends. The objective of Leila’s project is to improve the living conditions of Sahrawi refugees in Algeri, installing air-conditioning systems to prevent heat exhaustion in the camps and replacing failing steel water tanks with cleaner cement ones. The project extended across other schools and universities such as UWC Dilijan and the University of Granada and saw seven successfully installed air-conditioning systems with a further number planned in the summer.
A runner-up award of £2,000 went to Eylul Polat, a current Biochemistry student at King’s College London, to enable her studies related to her interest in disease research, drug discovery, and drug production. Forming a part of the Diabetes Research Group at King’s, Eylul believes that the use and the development of technologies at KCL, and her participation funded by the grant, will contribute to help her further research into more user-friendly drugs.
Kam Chohan, Executive Director of ECIS, commented that “our commitment at ECIS is to support students, to help them achieve their goals is of utmost importance to us. Equal access to opportunity for all students is what we strive to achieve, as shown by our recently launched mentoring scheme. We are honoured and humbled to support these two young people in their dreams to contribute to a better world”.
The ECIS University Scholarship usually awards one £10,000 scholarship per year, payable directly from ECIS to the university at the beginning of the first term of yearly enrolment, as a way to employ membership funds to advance international education and uphold the organisation’s commitment to higher education access. In this academic year, two awards were funded. Learn more.