56 students receive Talent Scholarship bursaries for their excellent academic record

A total of 56 students at the Barcelona School of Management and the IDEC-UPF have seen their excellent academic record recognised in the form of a Talent Scholarship bursary. The bursaries are an initiative of the Private Foundation of the Institut d’Educació Continua, intended to acknowledge and reward those who work with a dedication to excellence. The scheme aims to support those who go the extra mile, demonstrating this through a good academic record and significant professional merits, with an outstanding personal attitude or social commitment. They in turn also serve to allow talented individuals to gain access to the master's programme offered by the Foundation.

This is the second year of the bursary programme, which bears the stamp of approval of the UPF and which received a total of 263 applications, almost twice as many as last year, with a total of 56 bursaries awarded to students with academic grades higher than a merit (8). The average academic grade achieved by the bursary-winners this year was in fact around 9, indicating that they are clearly outstanding students.  Particularly worthy of mention are the 10 recipients who have an academic average of no less than ten, alongside other distinctions and some who have been awarded Honours. "Today's ceremony is a clear commitment to talent and the recognition of hard work in pursuit of the highest grades," asserted UPF Rector Jaume Casals at the event honouring the efforts made by the students. "You have the talent, and we are proud that you have chosen this university specifically because excellence is one of our cornerstone values".

The bursary-winners include students from a range of nationalities, ages and fields of study. From International Business to Financial Management, the Health Economy and Sports Management at the Barcelona School of Management, alongside Digital Arts, Creative Documentaries, Creative Literature and Public Policy at the IDEC-UPF. An unquestionably outstanding and talented cohort, with the skills and readiness needed to address our society's needs. And that is in itself the commitment of the UPF Foundation: to support talent and excellence as the powerhouse of change.  "You have the best academic records and deserve this award, but you also bear considerable responsibility, because the future you achieve is in your own hands," indicated the Foundation's Academic Director, Daniel Serra, who acknowledged that it had been no easy task to choose the 56 bursary recipients, demanding a rigorous selection process.

At the ceremony 56 students received a diploma of recognition from the UPF and were awarded a bursary which covers between 25% and 50% of the tuition fees for their chosen master's degree. Although the true prize, most of them agreed, was to feel themselves recognised by the university, as well as the chance to meet one another, coming as they do from very different worlds.

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