One World Foundation Makes a Generous Donation to AUBG

April 14, 2016

One World Foundation, an international organization devoted to empowering youth to achieve their potential, donated for the first time to AUBG spring 2016. Thanks to their generous support, two entering AUBG students will have half of their tuition covered.

The person behind the scholarship is Dr. Ruja Ignatova, a successful businessperson and prominent philanthropist who established One World Foundation in 2015. In just a year, the foundation has supported over 1000 youngsters from 12 countries around the world.

Committed to encouraging accessible high quality education, Ignatova decided to create the “Dr. Ruja Ignatova's Scholarship for a First-Year Student in Financial Need.” “I am fortunate to have received many opportunities in my life so now the time has come for me to provide a young person with the chance to build their future,” Ignatova said. “We chose AUBG as it is one of the best universities in Bulgaria and due to the warm recommendations from two AUBG alumni who currently work with the company, Sevelina Koleva (‘13) and Lora Zlateva (‘13)”.

Zlateva, marketing expert at the company, said working at an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for the next generations is a rewarding experience. “It is an important cause for me as well,” she said. “I am grateful to work for a company with international success that does not only give me the opportunity to thrive and prosper, but is also willing and eager to share this success with future AUBG students.”

One World Foundation has funded educational programs in Asia and Europe with the purpose of helping children and youth develop their knowledge, talents and skills. “We decided that the best impact we could make is by funding students who need financial support and who otherwise would not be able to sign up for school,” said Diana Totinska, Project Manager at One World Foundation.

In addition to financially supporting two deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds, One World Foundation will be happy to connect with them and follow their university development, Totinska said. 

 “From the point of a working professional, I gained an even clearer perspective on what a key role university experience plays in shaping character and training healthy working habits in young adults,” Zlateva said. “AUBG has a distinctive culture that supports freedom and individuality, and encourages you to find ways to express this individuality in a contributive and cooperative manner. It teaches both leadership and team play – extremely valuable traits for anyone’s personal and professional growth.”

Story by Dimana Doneva
Photo Courtesy of One World Foundation

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