AUCA and Bank of Asia are partnering to help increase access to high quality education. Through a new Bank of Asia Scholarship Program, 10 students from the regions of the Kyrgyz Republic will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their tuition at AUCA. The initial 5-year program will help 20 students to attend AUCA. The students will also receive summer internships at Bank of Asia, which has offices around the entire country.
Nazira Beishenalieva (AUCA’98), a member of the Bank of Asia Board of Trustees, said that many students outside of Bishkek think that AUCA is out of their reach, that even if they are talented enough to get in, that they will never be able to afford it.
Nazira was originally moved by the experience of her housekeeper, who was working 3 jobs to be able to send her son to AUCA. Her son did not know that she was doing household labor to pay for his education, and despite all her work, she was falling short of making tuition payments. Nazira decided to step in and help, but she also realized that there were far more students like this one that could benefit from such financial support.
When Nazira originally proposed the program to her board, many asked why they should spend money to send students to AUCA as opposed to the National University of Kyrgyzstan or one of the other state schools. Nazira was adamant that it be AUCA. She said that AUCA is one of the only universities that can guarantee a quality education, and also one of the only universities that can ensure that the scholarship money goes towards education.
The scholarships will be awarded to 2 seniors, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 3 freshmen. Each year 3 new freshmen will be awarded with the scholarship and internship program. To find out more details about the program, how it is administered and how the selection process works, please go to www.auca.kg/en/scholarships.
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