Yugra State University hosted an awarding ceremony to announce holders of the Rector's Grant.

Anna Bykadorova is a 4-year student, majoring in Oil & Gas Refining, at Surgut Petroleum Technical School, YUSU branch. Being a person of many talents and interests she is actively involved in the social life of her school. She runs a student's intellectual club, having participated in scores of mind games competitions sponsored by major companies and the regional government. Anna is also engaged in the Oil Chemistry Research Club.

Another grant holder Ekaterina Denisova studies at the Law Institute, YUSU. With her social activism, Ekaterina is a Head of the Institute's Student Council. Since 2014 she has been the Chair of the Youth Council affiliated with the City Administration in Khanty-Mansiysk. In 2017 the student joined the Youth Parliament under the Duma of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra. In addition to her achievements Ekaterina runs a social initiative's animal shelter "ZooSpas".

– I've been into rescuing stray animals since I was 13. I say this was the devotion of my teenage years, – Ekaterina said. – There are many people engaged in this social movement but the hardcore is just 9 volunteers. In 2016 we settled over 600 homeless cats and dogs. Every animal was vaccinated, with the most serious cases to have given advanced medical treatment.

English version by Azat Garipov.
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