Why do we support education? Education changes our lives, through education we can achieve wisdom, freedom and can accept more responsibilities. Study abroad requires greater dedication and resources, but it also reveals new horizons. My husband, Zdeněk, departed from communist ruled Czechoslovakia while he was nineteen and one of his goals was to get top education in free country. He started at University of California in Berkeley and continued at Dartmouth College. Education became his best investment and today our foundation can support aspiring young people in getting the best education available.

Chairwoman of The Bakala Foundation Board of Trustees


The Bakala Foundation Scholarship program offers support to talented students so that they can realize their academic dreams. For more than 13 years, we have been helping ambitious young people to study at leading international universities.

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Do you want to experience a year or two studying at an American or British high school? Would you like to get a sense of what living in another country is like and improve your English? Apply for the ASSIST & HMC scholarship program, enabling talented and motivated students to study one year in the US or two years in the United Kingdom.

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Kaplicky Internship

The Kaplicky Internship is a program providing recent architecture graduates from Czech universities an opportunity to spend three months on a paid internship in a prestigious British studio.

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Journey: Journalism Bootcamp

Program Journey: Journalism Bootcamp is an intensive international summer school for students of journalism from 12 countries, lectured by leading experts from renowned global media.

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Achilles Data

Achilles Data is a two-month course for teams of 3 - 5 students of journalism and aspiring journalists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the aim of familiarizing participants with the basic tools, current trends and in-depth methods of modern investigative journalism.

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Zdeněk and Michaela Bakala have donated nearly 75 million Czech crowns through their foundation over the past 10 years, providing funding to more than 50 organizations and individuals across a wide range of fields including education, culture and healthcare.

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