On 6 May 2019 the beautiful premises of the Maison des Fondations in Geneva hosted the annual selection interviews of the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala. The event was a part of the seventh year of our scholarship program.

„This year the Foundation received 30 applications from students from seven universities in Switzerland. We carefully examined all applications and selected the 15 best applicants to participate in interviews with the selection committee,“ said Ursina Boulgaris, Secretary General of the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala. The Selection Committee interviewed 12 candidates in the Maison des Fondations in Geneva and three others were interviewed via Skype.

Ursina Boulgaris, Secretary General. Photo: Olivier Borgognon.

Besides representatives of the foundation – Ursina Boulgaris, Secretary General, and Patricia Legler, Member of the Board of Trustees, the Selection Committee consisted of Ambassador Christian Dussey, who is the Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Magdaléna Drsová, Director of the Bakala family philanthropic activities. „The committee members were impressed by both personal and professional qualities of the candidates as well as a wide variety of programs they wish to pursue. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Board of the Foundation approved the recommendation of the Selection Committee and decided to grant scholarships to all 15 interviewed students this year,“ confirmed Ursina Boulgaris.

This year candidates were predominantly applying for scholarships in the arts fields, such as sociology, philosophy, literature, human rights, theology, international affairs and law, however medicine, mathematics, physics (including exoplanet research), were also represented. The scholars are heading to nine prestigious UK and US universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, LSE and Tufts. Oxford being the most desired university this year.

Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala was established in 2011 with the objective to assist students in Switzerland with pursuing a top-quality higher education. In the past 8 years the Foundation has supported over 60 students and research fellows and has thus enabled their study at prestigious UK and US universities.