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Fellowships and awards

The Foundation grants fellowship to students and awards special prizes at musical festivals and other musical competitions.

Since the school year 2007/2008 the scholarships are financed by the American Foundation for Bulgaria and are awarded not only to the School for Visually Impaired Children „Dr Ivan Shishmanov“, but also to the National Art School „Dobri Hristov“ in Varna and to the National Music School „Lubomir Pipkov“ in Sofia.

The following fellowships and prizes exist at present and are awarded as follows: :

1. Petko Staynov musical fellowship for students at Dr. Ivan Shishmanov Secondary General Education School for Children with Impaired Sight, city of Varna. The fellows are selected annually by the music teachers of the school. In addition to the pecuniary assistance, the fellowship includes participation in one of the concerts of the Petko Staynov musical festival, organized annually by the Foundation in Sofia or another location in Bulgaria.
2001 - Galina Krasteva
2002 – Aglika Danova
2003 – Ilona Kalcheva
2004 – Ivomira Mihaylova
2005 – Ivaylo Tsankov
2006 – Stanislava Georgieva
2007 - Valeri Marinov

2.  High school scholarship in Music on the name of Petko Staynov for students at National Art School „Dobri Hristov“ in Varna
2007 - Georgi Yordanov

3. High school scholarship in Music on the name of Petko Staynov for students at NationalMusic School „Lubomir Pipkov“ in Sofi
2007 - Olga Koeva

4. A special prize for the International May Choir Competition “Prof. Georgi Dimitrov” for the best performance of a Bulgarian song by a foreign choir.


2003 - Mixed choir at the Academy for Music, Theatre and Fine Arts, Kishinev, Moldavia, conducted by Ilona Stepan

2003 - Children choir “Lakrimosa”,  Kishinev, Moldavia, conducted by Angela Prisakaru

2003 - Women choir “Renaissance”, Kishinev, Moldavia, conducted by Oksana Philip

2005 - Western Michigan University Chorale, Michigan, USA, conducted by Joe Miller

2005 - “Bilkent” University Youth Choir, Ankara, Turkey, conducted by Elena Pushkova

2007 - Youth Ckoir "Balsis", Riga, Latvia, conducted by Ints Teterovskis

2008 - University of Primorska Academic Choir, Koper, Slovenia, conducted by Ambroz Copi