Fondation ZMB  

September 2014

We are pleased to present the 1st FZMB Newsletter

FZMB Newsletter will be issued twice a year. Its main purpose is to inform the readers about developments in our scholarships' program and to report on news surrounding the students and the program. Contributions from third parties are welcome.


The Bakala Foundation


The Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala, Geneva was created to allow talented Swiss resident students and researchers from specific Swiss universities to pursue their studies at prestigious universities in the United States or the United Kingdom.

Students from any academic field may qualify for the scholarship if they demonstrate academic excellence and if they lack their own funding to pursue their studies in renowned academic institutions abroad.

With the foundation's support we hope to help the best of these candidates to reach their full potential so that they will have an opportunity to make a significant impact in their respective professional careers.

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The first Bakala Scholars


In 2013, our Foundation granted the first scholarships to eight students who were accepted to top US universities such as Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Georgetown, Boston School of law and University of California. The average amount granted per student was approximately CHF 15'000.

 

Today, some are still studying, while others have returned to Switzerland to either further their studies, develop their research, or embark on a career.

Mélisande Nussbaum

Mélisande Nussbaum


Mélisande Nussbaum went to study at Harvard. She then completed her Master's degree in Law at the University of Geneva. She will start a lawyer's traineeship at Geneva Law firm Schellenberg Wittmer in September 2014.

David Dubin

David Dubin


David Dubin obtained his Master's degree in International Legal Studies and his Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University, with honours. He is now preparing his New York Bar Exam before starting to work at Geneva law firm Lenz & Staehelin in October 2014.

Constant Bonnard

Constant Bonnard


Constant Bonnard studied at the University of California prior to completing a Master's thesis in Musicology at the University of Geneva. He has now various musical and cultural projects in Lausanne.

Nicolas Gaeng

Nicolas Gaeng


Nicolas Gaeng, is a chemistry student who completed a six-months research project in a synthetic laboratory at Stanford University for his Master's project. He is currently in a traineeship at the Roche Research & Development Department in Basel before starting his PhD at the EPFL Lausanne in autumn 2014.

Nicolas Vachicouras

Nicolas Vachicouras


Nicolas Vachicouras is currently still researching at the Harvard Medical School, in the Eye and Ear Infirmary Department, on the use of ear implants. Coming from an engineering academic background he is fascinated with technical studies, and medical applications in particular.

Julia Miklasova

Julia Miklasova


Julia Miklasova performed extremely well while at Boston School of Law and received the Dean's Award as the top student of her class in International Law. She finished her Master thesis on « Secession in Contemporary International Law: the case of Transnistria » and based upon a positive feedback she obtained from her professors she is working on having it published.

Ludvik Eger and Ondrej Wagner

Ludvik Eger and Ondrej Wagner


Ludvik Eger and Ondrej Wagner, successfully passed their first year Master’s exams in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.  They created the Junior Diplomat Initiative Switzerland, a student association that organizes various seminars and talks with prestigious speakers such as Michael Moller, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, with the purpose of inspiring other fellow students to become interested in international diplomacy.

 

As part of their curriculum and thanks to their excellent academic performances so far, Ludvik will spend one semester at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Ondrej will spend six-months at the Peking University (China) to deepen their knowledge of international issues.

 
 

Our selected students in 2014


At the recent candidate interview session, our Foundation selected ten students and researchers from various academic fields such as Law, Physic, International Studies, Life Sciences, Engineering, Biology & Medicine and Economics.


Their chosen US and UK universities include Yale, Stanford and Harvard University, as well as Brown, Berkeley, the Elliott School of Georges Washington University, the Fletcher School of the Tufts University and Cambridge.

 

During the first Scholarship Event held on May 19, 2014 at the Foundation Louis-Jeantet premises in Geneva, the Bakala Alumnis and this year’s selected students had the chance to meet and exchange their experiences about studying at prestigious universities. This moment was also an occasion for our founders and board of trustees to share some time with them.

 

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Patricia Legler
Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala

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