There are three of them and they all deserve 10 out 10. All high school students in their final three years and recipients of the Enel study grants awarded through the “I Fuoriclasse della scuola” (School Champions) project.
The prize-giving ceremony took place on 22 November at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan and 66 talented young people were the stars of the event. The latter were selected by the initiative’s partner companies, which aim to foster the students’ educational development by providing them with financial support to help them pursue their education, the opportunity to study at an innovative residential campus that focuses on economics, business skills and financial education, and by offering internship pathways with partner companies.
Supported by our Group since its first edition in 2016 and founded thanks to the Memorandum of Intent signed between the Fondazione per l’Educazione Finanziaria al Risparmio (the Foundation for Financial Education and Saving) and MIUR (the Ministry for Education, Universities and Research), the project also involves the collaboration of the Museum of Saving in Turin, The Italian Banking Association and the Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria). Its goal is to bring talented young people into contact with the business world, which has partnered with foundations, associations and private citizens in order to combat the brain drain.
Thanks to donations from 38 supporters, the 2018 edition registered a clear jump in the number of prize-winning students compared with previous years (45 in 2016 and 44 in 2017). In three years, 155 study grants worth a total of 237,000 euro, have been awarded to high-achievers.
The winners were selected from the students in their final three years of high school who shone in the “MIUR Olympics,” a Ministry-sponsored competition spread over 12 subjects: Italian, mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, natural sciences, classical civilisation and languages, astronomy, philosophy, statistics, new design and economics. There was also a special nation-wide competition for pupils of technical and professional institutes.
The three study grants offered by Enel were presented to “Olympic champions” in the technical and scientific disciplines that best reflected our own knowledge base and the digital evolution we are currently experiencing. Specifically, they went to two boys, one who topped the pile in the Computer Science Olympics, and the other who won the competitions for technical professional institutes, and a girl who excelled in the Mathematics Olympics.
Our Group promotes quality education at all levels with particular focus on the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). It does so through collaboration with universities and research centres, professional technical institutes and high schools (thanks to an innovative school-work apprenticeship model) and by encouraging talented young women in science and technical subjects and skills.
This approach has been further strengthened through our partnership with the “I Fuoriclasse della scuola” (School Champions) project to help build a bright future for our young people.