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Two students win prestigious EBRD Olivier Descamps award

Two students win prestigious EBRD Olivier Descamps award

 May 30, 2019

The EBRD gives its employees the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others through their career. One example is the Olivier Descamps award that gives young people the support to fulfil their dreams and potential.

Two students from the Kyrgyz Republic, Naina Beishembieva and Nurzhan Amanov, have been awarded the first Olivier Descamps scholarships to attend the United World College Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Supporting those from underprivileged backgrounds

The EBRD's Olivier Descamps award is a once in a lifetime opportunity that gives scholarships for two outstanding students to enter a United World Colleges (UWC) school or college. The two scholarships are up to £40,000 each and are given by the EBRD and the Descamps family to reflect Oliver's lifelong interest in the EBRD regions.

The award aims to support young people from underprivileged backgrounds and families of local EBRD staff members.

EBRD Olivier Descamps Award

Helping young people achieve their dreams

The two students were met by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti during his visit to the capital Bishkek. 

“It was a pleasure to meet these two very impressive young people,” said Sir Suma. “I am sure Olivier would have been equally struck by their energy and enthusiasm. We wish them all the best in their studies and are very grateful to United World Colleges for helping make this possible.”

Of the two winners, Naina’s dream is to become a teacher of maths or science or to work in bio-engineering to research cures for serious diseases.

“Besides endless happiness and huge gratitude, I feel great responsibility that I have been given this chance,” she said. “I have to study as much as possible to show all the other girls in my country what’s possible, if you follow your dreams.”

Her fellow winner Nurzhan is interested in science and sports. He considers climate change to be one of the biggest future challenges.

“As well as excitement about the upcoming journey, I feel increased responsibility to fulfil the expectations placed on me,” he said. “I want to use the chance for personal development and increase my knowledge. It is a tough challenge, but I'll do my best to succeed.”

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