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    The Kellner Family Foundation selects new students for the UNIVERSITIES project

    THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION has been providing scholarships under the UNIVERSITIES project to highly academically gifted students from the Czech Republic for three years running. In the 2011/2012 school year, the foundation’s Board of Trustees has decided to include another 14 students in the program, and the foundation is therefore currently providing financial assistance to as many as 31 students, most of them enrolled at universities outside the Czech Republic. The grants are intended for students with excellent academic results whose complicated social background makes access to high-quality education more difficult.

    The over thirty students who have received a contribution from THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION in order to pursue their studies will further their academic or artistic education in the U.S. (5 students), England (17), Scotland (3), Germany (1), Italy (1) and also in the Czech Republic (4). “The costs of studying at a foreign university range from approximately tens of thousands to one million Czech crowns per school year in the case of prestigious U.S. universities. Students usually pay for their studies from various sources – the foundation’s grants, the scholarships provided by universities, and their own funds,” clarifies Hana Halfarová, Director of the Universities project, who adds “Our students will attend, for example, Yale University, the University of Oxford, The University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews and The Juilliard School of Music New York.”

    Students who achieve excellent academic results who, however, could not even think of continuing their studies because of their financial situations, receive grants under the UNIVERSITIES project from THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION. In their application for a grant, the applicants describe their school and other academic achievements, and attach a letter of proof of their language skills, a letter of recommendation from someone participating in their academic or artistic development, an essay on their plans for the future, and evidence of their current financial situation. The foundation’s Board of Trustees decides on grants on the basis of selections and recommendations by Mrs. Hana Halfarová, Director of the Universities project. The foundation’s Board of Trustees is composed of Mr. Petr Kellner, PPF founder and majority stockholder, his wife Renáta, co-founder of the family foundation and the OPEN GATE boarding school, and Mr. Jan Leiner, trustee.

    “The students’ experiences from foreign universities, which they describe in their blogs posted on THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION website, can be inspirational for others,” notes Mrs. Hana Halfarová. The foundation will accept students’ applications for the next school year until May 31, 2012.

    Universities that students supported by THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION will attend in the 2011/2012 school year: Aberystwyth University (U.K.), Akademie sociálního umění [Academy of Social Arts – Tabor] (the Czech Republic), Bath Spa University (U.K.), Columbia University in the City of New York (U.S.A.), Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (Germany), Lancaster University (U.K.), Libera Accademia di Belle Arti (Italy), London Metropolitan University (U.K.), Metropolitní univerzita v Praze [Metropolitan University Prague] (the Czech Republic), Newcastle University (U.K.), New York University in Prague (the Czech Republic), The Juilliard School of Music New York (U.S.A.), The University of Edinburgh (U.K.), The University of Chicago (U.S.A.), The University of Warwick (U.K.), the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), University of Abertay Dundee (U.K.), University of Birmingham (U.K.), the University of Brighton (U.K.), University College London (U.K.), University of Dundee (U.K.), the University of Exeter (U.K.), the University of Chester (U.K.), the University of Oxford (U.K.), University of St Andrews (Scotland), Vysoká škola finanční a správní [The University of Finance and Administration] (the Czech Republic), Yale University (U.S.A.).

    Notes for editors:
    THE KELLNER FAMILY FOUNDATION, a family foundation of Mrs. Renáta Kellnerová and Mr. Petr Kellner, focuses on improving the quality of education at public primary schools in the Czech Republic (the Helping Schools Succeed project), supports socially disadvantaged OPEN GATE students, and provides grants to Czech students for studies at foreign universities. It has contributed 11 million Czech crowns to municipalities in order to help alleviate the damage caused by the 2010 floods, and also to other individuals and institutions to promote educational, cultural, and health projects.
    For more information about the foundation and its projects please visit

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