On Friday 25 February 2005, the Penta Foundation announced results of the 2nd year of the “Penta Finance Award for excellent study results” and its representatives handed over awards to the four best students of the final years of the Faculty of Laws of the Charles University and Faculty of National Economy of the University of Economics. Each of the awarded received 50,000 CZK from the Penta Foundation.
The Penta Finance Award for excellent study results apprizes a long-term students’ work. Along with excellent average study results, the students must be excellent in English or another world language and comply with at least one of facultative conditions, e.g., to publish or achieve a success in an international competition in the area of his/her study, be active in scientific work, having been to a study stay abroad or to excel in any sport. In the finals, the students must persuade a selection committee consisting of representatives of the Faculties and the Penta Foundation. At each time, three students of each Faculty may receive the Penta Award.
Laureates of the 2nd year of the “Penta Finance a.s. Award for excellent study results”
Faculty of Law, Charles University
Faculty of National Economy, University of Economics
Majority of the awarded wishes to invest the funds given by the Penta Foundation to their further development – as well as the last year’s laureates. “However, the life often bring unexpected and interesting changes,” Martin Kúšik, member of the Board of Penta Finance and chairman of the Managing Board of the Penta Foundation, says and supplements: “I will quote from a letter written by one of the last year’s laureates in the autumn of 2004, who wanted to use the funds obtained to cover the planned study stay with European Court for Human rights in Strasburg.”
“Finally, due to the Penta Award I left to Bolivia and in the capital city La Paz I am engaged in a development project managed by Spanish NGO’s. Specifically, it concerns an orphanage and a school in the area where 150 children live. We are trying to secure a good care and education for them and generally prepare them for a future life and protect them against a street life. I am preparing partial projects for improvement of quality of life of children and on the other hand, I teach them English and mathematics. Once more, I thank you for allowing me to become engaged in something I believe, has a purpose, for a while, without searching for money.”
An older sister of the granted award is the “Penta Group Award for excellent study results”, which has been granted to the best students of the final years of the University of Economics in Bratislava and the Faculty of Laws of the Comenius University in Bratislava for already six years. An ambition of projects of the “Penta Finance Award” and the “Penta Group Award” is an effort to motivate university students to achieve excellent study results as well as to approximate academia and experience.