*Intercultura Scholarship now at its eleventh edition
Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, a subsidiary of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, continues to invest in youth development in Romania for the 11th consecutive year. Through the Intercultura Scholarship, the bank offers full scholarships in Italy for the 2016-2017 school year, scholarships worth EUR 8,000 apiece and covering all expenditures, including lodging and transportation. Students from any Romanian high school can apply, provided they are 9th and 10th graders, are fluent in English or Italian, are interested in personal development and in familiarizing themselves with another European culture.
The participants will become part of the AFS Intercultura international community made up of young people from all over the world, who share the same passion to explore foreign cultures. They benefit from full intercultural experience, live for 10 months with an Italian family and enrol in an Italian high school. Thus, the beneficiaries of the Intercultura scholarship are perfectly integrated in the Italian education system and social environment. The courses taken during the scholarship are academically recognized in Romania.
“Every year, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group financially supports dozens of scholarships for children from Italy, but also from the 12 countries in which the Group owns subsidiary banks. In Romania, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank has been investing in this educational project for 9 years in a row. The extraordinary feedback received from the participants prompted us to continue to offer this alternative, a real chance of improvement both at a personal and an educational level as early as high school, to all Romanian children,” Intesa Sanpaolo Bank CEO Marco Capellini stated.
The eligible candidates interested in spending one school year in Italy have to fill-in and file their applications by January 29, 2016, at the latest. The selection will consist of several stages and will be made directly by Italy-based Intercultura/AFS Foundation, the co-organizer of this program.
The Intercultura/AFS Foundation is an international non-profit organization that offers opportunities for intercultural educational exchanges in order to help those interested develop their knowledge and skills. The Foundation has been organizing since 1955 cultural exchanges in over 90 countries. For the past 10 years, the Foundation has been collaborating with Intesa Sanpaolo Group in organizing programs for students from countries in which the Group is active.