Education • 08 December, 2017

The New “Bolashak” Scholars are to study abroad

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Yesterday, Center for International Programs that administers Bolashak Scholarship announced the list of its news scholars. There are 309 people on the list.

Bolashak, which literally means “Future”, is the educational scholarship established by President Nazarbayev in 1993. The program recruits the most talented and hardworking students and professionals to give them an opportunity to study in world’s top universities and apply their knowledge in developing the country. According to the program’s official website, the Scholarship has been granted to 11 126 people since it started working.

Although, Bolashak is administered by the JSC “Center for International Programs” the final decision is made by State Secretary who holds a meeting of National Commission before approving the list. Candidates must go through five steps of recruitment in order to be considered at the meeting of National Commission. The tour is to evaluate motivation letters. Then candidates take exams in foreign languages. Third round defines candidates’ knowledge of Kazakh language. The fourth tour examines IQ intelligence and psychological health, knowledge of Kazakhstan’s history and Constitution. In the fifth tour, all candidates are interviewed by Independent Expert Commission which defines professional knowledge of a candidate. The last tour is the meeting of the National Commission where all results of previous exams are taken into consideration. The commission decides whether or not to grant a scholarship for a candidate.

Yesterday, the Commission headed by State Secretary Gulshara Abdikhalikova decided to grant scholarship for 309 candidates.

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