On 29 June – 3 July, the town of Khimki of the Moscow Region housed the twelfth Vladimir Potanin Foundation School. Voronezh State University was represented there by the winners of the scholarship competition of 2014 and 2015: Master's degree students of the Faculty of Economics Kseniya Mezhova and Vladislav Budanov, a Master's degree student of the Faculty of Geology Sergey Blagoveshchenskiy, and a Master's degree student of the Faculty of Physics Nikolay Lysenko.
Shortly before the School started, in May 2015, the results of the selection of best volunteer projects were announced by the Foundation's expert committee. At year-end, the VSU team's project called "The Tournament of Three Sciences" was pronounced the best project implemented as part of the Foundation's scholarship programme. At the Foundation School opening ceremony, Nikolay Lysenko presented the Tournament of Three Sciences to all the participants, scholarship holders, coaches and the Foundation representatives, and was then awarded the diploma of the Best Implemented Project.
Oksana Oracheva, Director General of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, said in her opening speech that this year there is a project that has become the best implemented project with a zero budget from the Foundation – the Voronezh Tournament. Head of the coaching staff and the leading business coach of the School Ilya Savchuk stressed the large scale and extensive coverage of the project, which are really rare for social initiatives created "from the bottom up", that is, by the students themselves.
– Winning the scholarship competition was a big surprise for me. Last year, I attended the Foundation School with "The Tournament of Three Sciences" project, which, thanks to the Foundation, received great publicity and was therefore able to expand its boundaries significantly. Seeing the project recognized as the best implemented project was a great pleasure. Taking part in Vladimir Potanin Foundation's Scholarship Programme, among 75 universities from all over Russia, gives you an opportunity to "power up" your skills and competencies, said Nikolay Lysenko.