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Vaidisova Ruled
Sep 18th, 2008, 11:29 AM
Maria announced today that she is launching a $210,000 scholarship programme for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus. The programme is a joint initiative of the Maria Sharapova Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she serves as Goodwill Ambassador. The scholarships will enable 12 talented young people from Chernobyl-affected regions to follow a full course of studies at two leading universities in Belarus.

Maria's foundation has already contributed $100,000 to youth-oriented projects in the regions of Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Maria was expected to travel to Belarus to launch the scholarship programme in person this month, but was forced to postpone her visit in order to receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury that prevented her from participating in the Beijing Olympics and the US Open. Her visit is now planned for 2009.

"It has always been my dream to contribute to the recovery of a region where I have a personal connection," said Maria, who has family roots in Gomel, Belarus. "Enabling talented young people to pursue higher education is part of a broader effort to build a brighter future for the region."

"UNDP is honoured to count Maria Sharapova among its Goodwill Ambassadors," commented Kemal Derviş, UNDP Administrator. "Her engagement helps to convey a message of optimism to young people in a once-blighted region where a return to normal life is now a realistic prospect."

The Maria Sharapova Foundation Scholarship for Youth from the Chernobyl-Affected Areas of Belarus -- as the programme is called -- will award five-year scholarships consisting of annual cash grants to 12 students at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University. The programme aims to assist talented students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to attend university. The Maria Sharapova Foundation will select the scholarship winners from shortlists prepared by the universities, working together with UNDP and the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus, which is responsible for Chernobyl programmes. Three incoming students will be awarded scholarships each year, over an initial four-year period. It is the first instance in Belarus in which an international non-government organization will provide support of this type to education. The first scholarship recipients will begin their studies in September 2009.

Malva
Sep 18th, 2008, 12:33 PM
A very laudable initiative. It is nice to see Sharapova attached to her Belarussian roots. She was born in Siberia, but that was no more than an accident of fate: her parents literally fled from Homel in Belarussia which was in the area worst affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Otherwise, our Maria would have been born and raised in Belarus. Who knows whether she would be the tennis star she is but she would be playing for Belarus today.

oceandrive
Sep 18th, 2008, 12:49 PM
she looks more like olga and azarenka than say petrova

Emina.
Sep 18th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Masha :D

Marshmallow
Sep 18th, 2008, 01:08 PM
How generous :D. Of course some people will criticise this as perhaps being a stingy PR stunt, considering she's the highest earning woman in sport, netting $25 Million in 2006 alone so arguably $210,000 is like pocket change... but not us :D. They might even bring up how she's kept quiet on womens rights issues, even posing provocatively like an eastern european Lolita as soon as she saw $ sign, and only ever spoke up when they decided to discuss equal prize money - but we know better.

:bowdown: to Saint Maria!

Just Do It
Sep 18th, 2008, 01:10 PM
Maria :yeah:

maki30
Sep 18th, 2008, 01:11 PM
she's a queen.

Malva
Sep 18th, 2008, 01:33 PM
The amount offered may seem 'pocket money' for Sharapova (that was my reaction too). One has to realize though that $210,000 spent judiciously in Belarus can do more good than $2,100,000, say, in the U.S. I am not sure whether offering more money would make the launched program more effective.

s_j
Sep 18th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Maria announced today that she is launching a $210,000 scholarship programme for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus. The programme is a joint initiative of the Maria Sharapova Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she serves as Goodwill Ambassador. The scholarships will enable 12 talented young people from Chernobyl-affected regions to follow a full course of studies at two leading universities in Belarus.

Maria's foundation has already contributed $100,000 to youth-oriented projects in the regions of Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Maria*was expected to travel to Belarus to launch the scholarship programme in person this month, but was forced to postpone her visit in order to receive medical treatment for a shoulder injury that prevented her from participating in the Beijing Olympics and the US Open. Her visit is now planned for 2009.**

"It has always been my dream to contribute to the recovery of a region where I have a personal connection," said Maria, who has family roots in Gomel, Belarus. "Enabling talented young people to pursue higher education is part of a broader effort to build a brighter future for the region."

"UNDP is honoured to count Maria Sharapova among its Goodwill Ambassadors," commented Kemal Derviş, UNDP Administrator. "Her engagement helps to convey a message of optimism to young people in a once-blighted region where a return to normal life is now a realistic prospect."

The Maria Sharapova Foundation Scholarship for Youth from the Chernobyl-Affected Areas of Belarus -- as the programme is called -- will award five-year scholarships consisting of annual cash grants to 12 students at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University. The programme aims to assist talented students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to attend university.* The Maria Sharapova Foundation will select the scholarship winners from shortlists prepared by the universities, working together with UNDP and the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus, which is responsible for Chernobyl programmes. Three incoming students will be awarded scholarships each year, over an initial four-year period. It is the first instance in Belarus in which an international non-government organization will provide support of this type to education. The first scholarship recipients will begin their studies in September 2009.

Living_Legend
Sep 18th, 2008, 04:19 PM
I bet Maria gives away a higher percentage of her income to charity than most normal people!!!

Sharapowerr
Sep 18th, 2008, 04:24 PM
Maria rules, she really cares.

Adal
Sep 18th, 2008, 04:24 PM
Amaze woman.

stevos
Sep 18th, 2008, 06:06 PM
How generous :D. Of course some people will criticise this as perhaps being a stingy PR stunt, considering she's the highest earning woman in sport, netting $25 Million in 2006 alone so arguably $210,000 is like pocket change... but not us :D. They might even bring up how she's kept quiet on womens rights issues, even posing provocatively like an eastern european Lolita as soon as she saw $ sign, and only ever spoke up when they decided to discuss equal prize money - but we know better.

:bowdown: to Saint Maria!

Yeah, helping kids get extremely valuable University education, being the first non-government organization to do that in the country, that sort of thing. That's real ****y of her.
What a crusty bitch. :hearts: That's why I love her though.

Danči Dementia
Sep 18th, 2008, 06:08 PM
very nice María :yeah:

Tennisballova
Sep 18th, 2008, 06:13 PM
Great initiative :yeah:

southpaw58
Sep 18th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Very Nice on her behalf.

I like when athletes/celebrities give back. Granted they work very hard, but they realize they have a lot of influence in the world and also money and it's nice that they can give back and help those less fortunate. It shows a lot of character.