Borjan Tanevski graduated from the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) in 2002, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer soon after and passed away on the 22nd of March 2003. Borjan was the model of a student of our college and the Fund is established in his memory, to provide scholarships at ACT and to support his ideas of peace and cooperation in South-East Europe.
Facts about The American College of Thessaloniki -
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is the university-level division of Anatolia
College, a highly reputable private charitable educational institution, founded in 1886.
Anatolia College is empowered by its State of Massachusetts charter of 1894 to issue a full range of university and college degrees and ACT is fully accredited in the USA. Currently, around 700 students from South-East Europe study at ACT for undergraduate degrees in Business, Computer Science, English, History & International Relations and Psychology or for the graduate Master in Business Administration (MBA). Around 70 faculty members from Europe and the USA support ACT students both in a broad general human and civic education as well as providing the best professional training in a learning environment that is among the best in South-East Europe.
Borjan’s short biography - Borjan Tanevski (27.04.1980-22.03.2003) After childhood years in Skopje and Algeria, where he picked up French and some Arabic, Borjan attended the “Nikola Karev” high-school in Skopje with excellent grades. He was a representative in the high-school union and took part in three conferences of the Organizing Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), in Amsterdam, Pisa and Liechtenstein, thus starting his own way towards Europe. Following his ambitions to continue education abroad, he chose the American College of Thessaloniki, where he moved with several of his high-school friends. After 4 years of intensive study, Borjan graduated with honors, on the Dean's list. His intellectual potential impressed his professors and he became a respected and loved focus of the College society, being active in many of its facets, from the discussion of politics to being the captain of the College volleyball team. Always cheerful and full of humor, fascinating with charm as well as with sharp intelligence and broad knowledge, he was an encouragement and stimulation to those who had the privilege to meet him. Borjan learned fluent Greek and after 4 years in Thessaloniki, in a college with students from all Balkan countries, he became an even stronger supporter of peace and tolerance in SE Europe. His dream was to contribute to that cause and to play a role in the path of Republic of Macedonia into the European Union. Borjan was accepted for graduate study at the London School of Economics & Political Science and at the College of Europe in Natolin/Brugge. Having been awarded a full scholarship, he planned to attend the latter in the autumn of 2002 and then to enter LSE in the autumn of 2003. We all had the feeling that Borjan was on his way to become a leader working for understanding in the region and for European integration. We will continue working in his spirit.
Facts about the fund - The Borjan Tanevski Memorial Fund was established in June 2003 in Borjan's memory, to provide funding for scholarships at ACT and to support his ideas of peace and cooperation in South-East Europe. In order to finance the scholarships as a lasting memory for many years to come, the Fund collects capital which is put in a safe investment. While the capital itself, the endowment, remains untouched, the annual interest produced from this capital is used for the scholarship. All donations to the fund are used 100% towards the charitable purpose of scholarships. No reductions for administrative or other costs will be made and all work for the Fund shall be non-paid. The Fund will be administrated by the governing Board of Trustees of Anatolia College which already administrates the general endowment of Anatolia College and ACT. The target sum for the endowment is 100.000 EUR. At an interest rate of 5%, this endowment would generate 5.000 EUR annually for a scholarship.
Facts about the scholarship - The tuition scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who is not just an excellent academic, but also a well-rounded person, active and aware of his/her civic responsibility. The scholarship supports the causes of European integration, particularly in South-East Europe. For this purpose, the scholarship will be awarded once a year through an essay competition open to all ACT students of high academic standing (GPA over 3.33). The scholarship jury sets a topic from the area of South-East European integration for an essay to be completed by a specific date. The student with the best essay wins the scholarship, following an interview of the best three candidates. The jury will also organize a public event where the winning essay will be presented together with other contributions on the subject. The jury awarding the scholarship shall consist of: the chairs of the departments of “History & International Relations” (Dr. Wisner), “Philosophy & Social Sciences” (Dr. M?ller) and “Business” (Dr. Tsanacas), one senior academic from the Republic of Macedonia (Professor Dr. Mirjana Maleska, SS. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje and SEE University, Tetovo) and one senior academic from a state university in Thessaloniki (Professor Dr. Efi Voutira, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki).
How to donate - Donations can be made to our offices (see below) or directly to the special bank account no. IBAN: Gr38 0140 7140 7140 0210 1050 985 at Alpha Bank, Greece, in the name of “Anatolia College”. Even a small amount makes a difference as we will collect funds from several hundred people. All donors will be given official receipts by Anatolia College/ACT and donors will be publicly acknowledged by the Fund. (In Greece, donations are reducible from your income tax. If you want to receive this reduction, please get in touch with us. Corporate donors are given receipts that can be deduced as business expenses.) For any questions, please get in touch with our offices or a team member.
ACT Professors Mueller, Wisner, Tsorbatzoglou and Dr. Josif Tanevski