UWC-Velux Young Change Makers
The Velux Foundations provide matched funding for 36 full scholarships for young people in Central and Eastern Europe. Started in 2013, the project runs over four selection years with the last cohort of students graduating in 2018. Candidates have been recruited from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria and Romania with a strong focus on the Roma community. These six countries have been chosen due to the political and economic changes that have had an impact on young people there. It is anticipated that alumni emerging from this programme will become advocates and leaders for their own communities contributing to greater change, progress and integration in their home countries and across the wider region. The legacy of the grant is also expected to have long-lasting effects by building the capacity of the UWC national committees to reach out more widely to young people from marginalised groups in the future.