Intercultural Scholarships - Intercultura Foundation - € 73,000
Raising young students' awareness on Europe. This is the objective the Unicredit Foundation has set itself in supporting scholarships for high school students in various countries where UniCredit operates
OUR CONTRIBUTION, € 38,000 scholarship for 3 academic high schools
In 2020, the UniCredit Foundation confirmed its partnership with the Intercultura Foundation to raise young students' awareness on Europe, with a particular focus on those UniCredit Group countries where exchange opportunities for young people are less widespread. A call for applications was launched for three annual scholarships (school year 2021/2022) on the basis of merit and income criteria for three upper high school students from one of the following countries: Italy, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
Each scholarship amounts to approximately €13,000, depending on the destination country, and covers all the student's expenses (school, accommodation and travel). The winners stay with selected families who are part of the Intercultura volunteer network.The winners of the 2019 edition are: Tanya Atanasova (Bulgaria), Adrian Tomus (Romania); Lukas Mladenovic (Serbia) for the Program in Italy; Emanuela Carissimi (Italy) for the Program in the Czech Republic.
OUR CONTRIBUTION, € 35,000 scholarship for 3 technical high schools
In 2020, the Foundation decided to develop a new project with Intercultura, concerning intercultural school mobility scholarships for less privileged students.
The aim is to offer study abroad scholarships, until now only available to academic high school students, also to students at technical high schools.The project involves collaboration with two other major Italian foundations, the Agnelli Foundation and the Pesenti Foundation, for the launch of nine scholarships, for a total commitment of €100,000.
The initiative was due to be launched in 2020 but was delayed by the pandemic and had to be rescheduled for this year.
The Partner - Intercultura Foundation
"Intercultura" was founded in1955 as the Italian representative of a humanitarian international organisation, AFS (American Field Service), an initiative set up by a group of Italian volunteers to promote intercultural dialogue and contribute to a new education for peace. Currently it is managed by 4500 volunteers in Italy, together with 200,000
volunteers abroad. It is present in 155 Italian cities and its network covers 65 countries worldwide. Intercultura operates mainly by granting master's scholarships for a one-year study programme in a foreign country. It is characterised by a permanent stay with families who host children free of charge (to guarantee a relationship based on availability and affection) and by attending a public school abroad, with the consequent possibility of making a direct comparison with other students there and gaining knowledge of daily life in the host country.