“Seventy-two talented students have received scholarships from the Silesian Fund. For five months each student will be given 300 zloty each month.
For many that money is indispensable to carry on their studying.
The Nov. 26 ceremony was opened by Krystyna Bochenek, director of the fund council.
“”Thanks to the generosity of the donors, each year I welcome more (scholarship) students,”” she said. “”I hope that next year the organizers won’t be able to find room here for you.””
Among the scholarship winners were sisters Edyta and Katarzyna Basinskie.
“”We live with our parents in a small village. We have another two sisters who learn very well. Each of us has aspirations to develop ourselves, and that costs a lot,”” Katarzyna told the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
“”I dream of receiving a doctor’s degree and then carrying on a scientific career.”” Krystyna Bochenek told of the struggles and achievements of Przemyslaw Sobieszczuk, another scholarship winner.
“”He is an extraordinary young person. He has received wonderful degrees, although he is struggling with a dangerous disease,”” she said. “”He is suffering from the rare disease EB (Epidermolysis bullosa). However, he has enough energy to help others.””
Przemyslaw Sobieszczuk has set up the Fragile Touch Foundation to help people with the same rare genetic disease, which is characterized by extremely fragile skin and recurrent blister formations.
The Silesian Fund was set up in 2001 at the initiative of Adam Graczynski, a senator from Silesia.
It has helped 350 people, giving them a total of almost a half million zloty.
The scholarships are for students who are permanent residents of Silesia. Candidates must show financial need, with an income limit of 600 zloty a month for a family member.