OneWorld Foundation Makes a €10,382 Donation to AUBG

As an interntional organization devoted to empowering youth to achieve their potential, OneWorld Foundation has donated €10,382 to the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) spring 2016. Thanks to our generous support, two entering AUBG students will have half of their tuition covered.

The person behind our scholarship is our Patron, Dr. Ruja Ignatova, a successful businessperson and prominent philanthropist. In just a year, the foundation has supported over 1000 youngsters from 12 countries around the world.

Committed to encouraging accessible high quality education, we decided to create the “Dr. Ruja Ignatova's Scholarship for a First-Year Student in Financial Need.” “I am fortunate to have received many opportunities in my life so now the time has come for me to provide a young person with the chance to build their future,” Dr. Ignatova said. “We chose AUBG as it is one of the best universities in Bulgaria and due to the warm recommendations from two AUBG alumni who currently work with us, Sevelina Koleva (‘13) and Lora Zlateva (‘13)”.

Zlateva, marketing expert at Dr. Ignatova's company OneCoin, said working at an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for the next generations is a rewarding experience. “It is an important cause for me as well,” she said. “I am grateful to work for a company with international success that does not only give me the opportunity to thrive and prosper, but is also willing and eager to share this success with future AUBG students.”

OneWorld Foundation has funded educational programs in Asia and Europe with the purpose of helping children and youth develop their knowledge, talents and skills. “We decided that the best impact we could make is by funding students who need financial support and who otherwise would not be able to sign up for school,” said Diana Totinska, Project Manager at OneWorld Foundation.

In addition to financially supporting two deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds, OneWorld Foundation will be happy to connect with them and follow their university development, Totinska said.

“From the point of a working professional, I gained an even clearer perspective on what a key role university experience plays in shaping character and training healthy working habits in young adults,” Zlateva said. “AUBG has a distinctive culture that supports freedom and individuality, and encourages you to find ways to express this individuality in a contributive and cooperative manner. It teaches both leadership and team play – extremely valuable traits for anyone’s personal and professional growth.”

Story by Dimana Doneva
AUBG's Reporter