Kosova American Education Fund (KAEF) Hosted Spring Gala Featuring Soccer Star Lorik Cana and U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel
Themed “Kosova on the World Stage,” the Gala recognized the achievements of the KAEF Program and of Kosova
The Kosova American Education Fund (KAEF) hosted its annual Spring Gala themed around “Kosova on the World Stage” at the Russian Tea Room in New York City on May 25, 2017. The event highlighted the many successes that are driving Kosova to international attention. Whether it is in the field of business, international politics, sports, or the arts, KAEF Fellows and esteemed guests of the event have solidified Kosova’s place on the World Stage.
KAEF is a prestigious academic program providing fully funded fellowships to promising Kosovars to attend graduate studies at leading U.S. universities. Returning to Kosova, program graduates use their technical knowledge and skills to generate sustainable and positive change for the country’s national development. Established in 2004, KAEF has provided over 90 graduate degrees to the country’s leading students.
KAEF was honored to have Lorik Cana, renowned Albanian soccer star, and Eliot Engel, U.S. Representative, deliver the keynote addresses at this exclusive event.
Today’s Kosovar students are tomorrow’s Kosovar leaders, noted Congressman Engel as he talked about the country’s progress.
Cana echoed the statement and added, If you have the opportunity to get the best, and to give something back to your country – that is the greatest thing someone can do. KAEF gives that opportunity.
The Spring Gala is an essential venue for KAEF to showcase its students and the program’s contribution to Kosova’s development. Gazmend Gjonbalaj, American Councils Trustee and Member of the KAEF Committee, commented that, “KAEF has become a great engine of progress within Kosova, as its Fellows return to Kosova to take on positions of significant relevance and importance in all areas of society.”
Annea Hapçiu, KAEF Fellow and the most recent American University graduate, passionately thanked the guests for their enthusiastic support of the program saying,
It is people like you who see quality education as the cure to our societal wounds and act to make it reachable by those who cannot touch it otherwise, we are able to celebrate Kosova’s potential.
At the event, KAEF also presented the second annual David Gotaas Community Supporter Award. The award is named in honor of former American Councils Trustee and KAEF champion. David Gotaas supported Fellows and believed in KAEF’s potential to truly make a difference in Kosova’s future. In his memory, KAEF recognizes remarkable members of the community who have demonstrated leadership toward program support and enhancement. The 2017 recipient will be Granit Gjonbalaj, Global Head of Development for WeWork, for his philanthropic leadership and volunteer dedication to KAEF.
We look forward to sharing more success stories to come!
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Lorik Cana and Congressman Eliot Engel speak following their speeches.