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Hi everyone, my name is Tijana Kolundzija, I am 30 years old and from Belgrade, Serbia. After earning my Bachelors Degree in Italian in 2008, I focused my education on the development sector, since I have lived through the most difficult socio-economic situations my country has faced, with my grandparents fleeing as refugees in the civil wars of the 90s and the total collapse of society. My proficiency in Italian at least afforded me a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do my Master in Local Human Development and International Cooperation at the University of Florence, where I graduated with honors in 2010.
Since this priceless academic experience abroad, I have worked in the economic and social development
sector in Serbia on programmes financed by the Italian Development
Cooperation over the last five
years, especially on those supporting the development of Serbian small and medium enterprises, the rights of disabled persons, as well as much neglected rural development. That's me in the picture below holding a presentation (on the far left).
I am also an eager volunteer (covering project development and reporting) for the NGO El Sistema Serbia, a worldwide famous programme, founded by Venezuelan Maestro Jose
Antonio Abreu, which promotes social inclusion of
disadvantaged children through group music classes.
After years of hard work and study, I finally was awarded an unconditional offer as of early 2014 to enroll into the MSc in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science, but, unfortunately, I had to defer it to this academic year of 2015/2016, paying £1000 since I was unable to afford the high costs of the Master. Sadly, although I have sought out scholarships and grant opportunities and have been shortlisted, I have not been selected for the Chevening scholarship or others.
I firmly believe that this Master is a natural next step for my academic and professional career and I really hope that thanks to your precious help my dream will come true. In order to achieve it, I am willing and am strongly convinced that it is worth investing all my savings into. My family has also recognized how strongly I am dedicated to my goal and they will also contribute substantially within the limits of their means. Nevertheless, I am also taking out a loan to cover the difference, so I have secured enough funds to cover the living costs for nine months in such an expensive city as London, as well as the part of my tuition fee.
Still, all these funds are not sufficient to meet the cost of the programme in full, I am therefore turning to you all as my last resort and hope in order to make my dream master my own, by partially contributing to the payment of the tuition fee. If we jointly succeed in this crowdfunding project, I assure you that I will do my best to justify your confidence in me through my engagement in the betterment of my community, country, and region because I don't want this just for myself, i want it to be better able to make a difference in the lives of those around me.
- I have been given an unconditional offer to attend the MSc in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science but not a scholarship.
- I am trying to raise a minimum of £10,000 to meet the costs of my tuition fee which lies beyond my financial means.
- The total tuition fee is £18,600, but a minimum of £10,000 would get me there.
- I need to reach this funding goal by 30 July 2015 in order to be able to attend the master.
The total cost of the programme comes to: £ 28,500
- Tuition fee: £18,600
All donations, even the smallest ones, would be hugely appreciated. I am thrilled by the mere prospect of doing this Master and I hope I would be able to do so thanks to your support I am so grateful for.
Thank you in advance for anything you feel you can contribute. I cannot express how much it means to me!
Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.
You will be sent a personalized thank you postcard from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Estimated delivery: 1 August 2015
You will be acknowledged, thanked, and praised in the introduction to my masters dissertation and I will personally thank and recommend you on your Linkedin profile for your heart-felt generosity.
Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016
You will be hosted in Belgrade for a weekend (free accommodation, airport pick-up and return) and taken out to experience a wonderful dinner and Belgrade's charm.
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Estimated delivery: 1 July 2016