Twenty most successful young people studying geology and related subjects, and technical, engineering and IT disciplines in the universities of Kazakhstan were selected the Shakhmardan Yessenov Scholarship.
The competition for the scholarship wrapped up on 5 April. Undergraduate and graduate students from country’s 55 universities submitted almost 400 applications. The list of universities includes the Gumilyov Eurasian University, Satbayev KazNRTU, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakh-British Technical University, Nazarbayev University, Karaganda State Technical University, Dulati Taraz State University and International IT University.
- The competition consisted of 2 rounds. During the first round, we selected students based upon their applications and documents provided and criteria were academic performance, achievements and motivational letter or video. 42 people were shortlisted for the final second round, during which they were given different tasks like discussions in groups, writing, and individual work, — said the competition’s coordinator Ilzira Aldagarova.
The winners, 20 fellows were selected in the end. Among the winners are students of KBTU, IITU, KazNRTU, East Kazakhstan State Technical University, Yessenov Caspian State University of Technologies and Engineering, Shakarim State University (Semey) and Auezov South-Kazakhstan State University (Shymkent), and Taraz State University. Starting next month until April 30, 2018 all scholarship receivers will have a monthly supplement to their budget in the amount of 25 thousand tenge – this is the size of the Yessenov Scholarship.
One of the winners, Ksenia Karsheva, a chemical technology of inorganic substances major, from the Dulati Taraz State University kindly shares with us her experience:
— I was happy and honored to get to the second round. The final stage of the competition was very interesting. I participated in a business game for the first time in life. For me it was a rewarding experience, because I’ve that this approach is very often used when applying for a job. This scholarship for me is primarily an opportunity to continue the project that I am working on. Which is developing organic-based fertilizers from poultry waste, the type of fertilizers that will help to structure the soil of Kazakhstan, country’s very urgent unsolved problem. There are expensive solutions, and they are being applied in here and there. Whereas my solution will help to solve the recycling of organic waste and creating organic fertilizer for the soil. The scholarship is certainly a great support for me.
Shakhmardan Yessenov, whose name is attributed to the scholarship, is a famous Kazakhstani geologist, researcher, science communicator and a prominent public figure, who served two terms as Minister of Geology in the Soviet Kazakhstan and headed the Academy of Sciences too. This year Kazakhstan is celebrating professor’s 90th birthday anniversary.