In early July, 2008, CBS managers held working meetings with their counterparts in the Belarusian Studies program at the European Humanities University (EHU),Vilnius, Lithuania. Among the many areas for cooperation discussed, the issue of stipends for incoming students into the program emerged as a critical one, given the high cost of living in Euro-zone Lithuania.
CBS thereupon sought financial support in the U.S. donor community.
The Orsa Romano Cultural and Education Foundation for Belarusan Affairs has responded generously. It is providing CBS with funds to allot stipends for four of the incoming EHU Belarusian Studies students: 100 Euros per month per student for up to the entire academic year (ten months). CBS administers these funds through established academic channels directly with the EHU Belarusian Studies program.
Inter alia, CBS assures quality control over selection and academic progress by each recipient student, as well as control over the disbursement process.
Professor M. Paula Survilla, CBS Executive Director, expressed the Center’s gratitude to the Orsa Romano Foundation and personally to its President, Dr. Alla O. Romano.
“With EHU’s Belarusian Studies program under severe financial and possibly other pressures,” Prof. Survilla stated, “the Center for Belarusian Studies is extremely pleased to assist in enabling worthy students to commence their academic work at EHU focused on Belarus. Our effort is directly in keeping with CBS’ mandate and mission. I wish to express sincere thanks to the Orsa Romano Foundation for its financial assistance and for working through CBS to assure successful implementation of the stipend effort.”