Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sharapova launches scholarship program in Belarus

The Maria Sharapova Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme, for which Sharapova serves as Goodwill Ambassador, announced today that Sharapova is launching a $210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus. The money will enable twelve students to attend one of two Belarus universities.

The Maria Sharapova Foundation has already donated $100,000 to youth projects in the Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Sharapova was to have traveled to Belarus for today's announcement, but she could not do so because of ongoing treatment for her shoulder.

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