Maryna Taiberman, a 4th year EHU media and visual design undergraduate student, has been announced the winner of the annual Mikhas Straltsou Scholarship Competition. “Maryna’s essay impressed us with its deep thought and light style,” members of the Scholarship Commission said.
In total, 27 essays were submitted for the competition, of which 8 were shortlisted for the finals. The winner was determined by the members of the “Tell the Truth” civic campaign headed by the poet and ex-presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliayeu, who are the sponsors of the scholarship. Maryna Taiberman was pronounced the winner, with Stsefaniya Liashuk and Aliaksandr Kazlou sharing the second place.
“Maryna describes her individual experience of the Belarusian culture. And this experience for her is the one of love, first and foremost, the love that individuals feel for each other and only then for their language and other cultural symbols and dimensions. If we love and respect each other, we will be able to come to an agreement on the issue of what the Belarusian culture really is,“ said Olga Shparaga, lecturer at EHU and member of the Commission.
“Indeed, love is something that still keeps our Belarusian community together, keeps us on this land, something that inspires and bestows strength and faith,” Uladzimir Niakliayeu commented on Maryna Taiberman’s essay.
The Scholarship Commission consisted of five members–Uladzimir Niakliayeu, Aliaksandr Fiaduta, Olga Shparaga, Siarhej Chareuski, and Siarhei Vazniak.
The annual Mikhas Straltsou Scholarship of USD 1000 is made possible by the “Tell the Truth” civic campaign and Uladzimir Niakliayeu.