Monday 19/03/2012

SSE Riga student has been awarded the Anders Wall Scholarship

At the annual Anders Wall Foundation Award Ceremony in Stockholm on March 9, SSE Riga student Aiga Plešanova (BSc Class of 2012) was awarded the Anders Wall Scholarship in entrepreneurship, designated for SSE Riga students.

As Dr. Anders Wall emphasised during the ceremony, Aiga Plešanova, in addition to successful studies, has been able to engage in different activities outside of her studies – while engaged in the global social responsibility network “Net Impact” (USA),  she organized the Social Entrepreneurship Forum in the Baltics. She was also introduced as passionate piano player and choir singer.

Each year the scholarship is awarded to students, young entrepreneurs, and musicians. Recipients come from Sweden, one talent comes from the Hanken School of Economics in Finland, and one - from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). Scholarship candidates are nominated by the school’s administration and further evaluated by the Anders Wall Foundation.

Aiga admits that “this has been the greatest experience I could ever have wished for!  I met so many amazingly talented young people, numerous prominent citizens,  and previous scholarship recipients, all of whom inspired and encouraged me to continue with active involvement in social entrepreneurship! I was and still am honoured to receive this scholarship and to enter the prestigious Wallumni Network! And please, let me express the greatest gratitude to Dr. Diana Pauna and Dr. Anders Paalzow for recognising my efforts and nominating me for this scholarship!”

This year, the Anders Wall Scholarship was awarded to 12 young people, among whom there was, for example, a 19 year old physicist-astronomer; with experienced professors he explores planets beyond the solar system. There was an 18 year old businessman who runs his own marketing company; a girl who has completed the New York marathon and also has participated in various international projects in India, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The Anders Wall Foundation was established in 1981, and every year it awards scholarships to young talents in the fields of natural science research, young business enterprise, rural development, international studies, and music. Thus far, the Foundation has awarded EUR 4.5 million to approximately 300 recipients. Just as important as the awards is membership in the Wallumni network, which consists of earlier recipients of the awards. Its members meet regularly, with activities such as joint international study trips.


SSE Riga student Aiga Plešanova delivering a speech

The Anders Wall Scholarship was awarded to 12 young people  (   .


Dr. Anders Wall and Aiga Plešanova

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