Understanding the importance of education, Albania’s One Telecommunications launched the One Scholars program, a partnership with the American University in Bulgaria and RIT Kosovo. 10 outstanding Albanian students will receive $3,000 to cover their tuition expenses at AUBG. The university will match the gift with at least another $3,000 of scholarships and financial aid for the One Scholars’ four years of study.
The One Scholars program will give students who need financial support the chance to get high quality American education while staying close to home. Along with the 10 scholarships for new AUBG students, five more will go to the Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo (formerly the American University in Kosovo).
“Without [education], there’s basically no future for our nations,” said Elvin Guri (’96), AUBG board member and major shareholder at One Telecommunications. “I cannot think of any other single cause that would be so important and so vital for the survival of our nations.”
Beyond the scholarship program in both universities, One Telecommunications will create the opportunity for these students to start their internship at One during summer months, in departments that best fit their studies.
“We want to show to the young people the real business, we want to show the technology and, why not, in the future to attract them as our employees,” said One CEO Emil Georgakiev.
Albanian students have been an essential part of the AUBG community in its 30-year history. 78 are currently enrolled at the university while close to 400 others have graduated and started successful careers across the world.
“This scholarship program provides us with an even better opportunity to assist talented young Albanians to come to AUBG and join in our wonderful community of learning and social development and collaboration,” said AUBG president Dr. David Evans.