Krasnodar, 15 October. Our today’s interviewee is Vladimir Kuksov, the co-founder and president of the Lomonosov-23 Charity Scholarship Foundation.
Q.: How many grantees do you currently have? And how many grantees have you had over the history of the project?
A.: Currently there are 14 grantees, and ten more have received our grants over the history of the Foundation.
Q.: You keep on emphasizing the importance of motivation. What problems in a young person’s motivation sphere can be singled out?
A.: Ninety-five or more percent of the kids do not know what they want to do in the future. Most of the contemporary children are you-tubers and bloggers with lost public orientation. My own kid is among those one to three percent who dream of big cities and best universities. When asked what they would spend their scholarship for, many would say that they would be buying food. But they are studying and choosing their specialization, university department and professor.
Q.: What are the mandatory conditions to get a scholarship?
A.: Our candidates are only kids coming from socially challenged families. The winner must enter the full-time university program which they showed in their motivation essay. A grantee must be passing their semester exams and doing credits with good or excellent grades, and be an active participant of their school’s academic and public life.
Q.: What are the values of the Foundation that you would like to implant in your grantees?
A.: We maintain the idea that a teenager should be a useful member of the society rather than merely a consumer. You take knowledge, opportunities and job to be able to share them with others in the future to make this world better. You will be helping others like somebody was helping you in the past. The most important features are diligence, lack of self-pity, commitment to results, concrete achievements, and a wish to develop oneself and others.
Q.: Are you happy with the results of the five years of the work of your Foundation?
A.: Speaking about our ambitions, we are not happy because we want 124 grantees rather than the 24 we have had – so, we have a potential to develop. We would like to go beyond Krasnodar krai, to act broader. There is a need – so we all have to work hard to cover more kids and attract more partners. But we also have a pretext to be proud of ourselves: we have built the entire platform, we have excellent graduates, and the number of our partners is expanding.
Q.: What are your plans for the nearest future?
A.: Presently we are thinking of having a board of trustees of our Foundation. This would be a corporate body, like the council of directors is. We plan to have this board of trustees formed within the next six months. We want to invite some really decent personalities of our region – and the first steps in this direction have already been taken.
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