Lancaster Group and the Harvard Kennedy School have signed a contract on establishment of the Nurlan Kapparov Graduate Fellowship Fund in honor of Nurlan Kapparov, a prominent Kazakh statesman, businessman, friend and partner of the Lancaster Group shareholders.
A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School MPA program, class 2003, Nurlan Kapparov during his lifetime paid close attention to the issues of the youth and their education. He was the founder of Harvard Club in Central Asia (HCCA), aimed at bringing together Harvard graduates in the region. With his assistance, HCCA initiated scholarships for local students to attend Harvard, and provided guidance and introductions on admissions, bringing officials from the institute to Kazakhstan. For a generation of talented young people Nurlan Kapparov was the bridge that made the previously unthinkable prospect of getting into this world-ranking university a reality.
Shortly after Nurlan Kapparov’s death in 2015, his wife and close friends, the founders of Lancaster Group took a decision to establish a scholarship program at Harvard Kennedy School in honor of Nurlan Kapparov, as a sign of preservation and further development of his heritage at this university.
The Nurlan Kapparov Graduate Fellowship will start in 2017/2018 and will be awarded on a competitive, merit basis to admitted applicants from Kazakhstan and Central Asia who meet all relevant admissions criteria for Harvard Kennedy School. All decisions regarding admissions and Fellowship awards will be made solely at the discretion of Harvard Kennedy School in accordance with its established policies and procedures.