THIRTY postgraduate students at the University of Cyprus will be given scholarships of €5,000 following a donation by businessman Roy Poyadji of €150,000.
Poyadji’s generous donation is in memory of his older brother Alki who lost his life last year.
The deal was signed yesterday by university rector Constantinos Christofides and Poyadji after the latter handed over a cheque for €15,000 to cover the first three scholarships.
The rector thanked Poyadji for his support and his significant donation.
“Over the last few weeks I have seen only one person who wants to help Cypriot students and the University. During these difficult years I see overseas Cypriots standing by us on many levels. This donation is a significant beginning,” Christofides said.
Poyadji expressed the hope that his donation will work as a catalyst to encourage more of his compatriots to make contributions to the educational needs of the country’s youth, especially during financially trying times.
Christofides and Poyadji announced that they will be in constant contact to create a platform in the USA, where Poyadji lives, in an effort to attract more Cypriot and Greek businessmen and philanthropists who are keen to make donations to help the University.
“My big brother Alki always pushed me towards academic success and played an important part in my academic path,” an emotional Poyadji said.