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The Place of Volunteering Activity among the Factors for Assignment of Increased State Academic Scholarship: the Case of NRU HSE

Student: Ivan Veselkov

Supervisor: Pavel Sergeevich Sorokin

Faculty: Institute of Education

Educational Programme: Evidence-based Educational Policy (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

The master's thesis is devoted to defining the role of volunteering as a factor that helps to get a Increased State Academic Scholarship.The object of the research is the experts of the Higher School of Economics, regulatory documents and statistics on Increased State Academic Scholarships. The subject is the role of social (volunteer) activity in the system of factors for which the Increased State Academic Scholarship is awarded. Factors such as the frequency of participation; the number of participants in areas of activity (educational, research, public, cultural, creative and sports); type of participation (help, guidance, media); financial expenses were taken as indicators of involvementexpenditures as indicators of engagement. The data were collected using the general statistics on the Increased State Academic Scholarships - the relative number of applications and the relative number of supported applications, and also the expert survey. The data obtained were analyzed using content analysis, and a semi-structured interview was also applied. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 27 experts who evaluate the participants' applications, are included in the Scholarship Commission, representatives of the Volunteer Center and the Student Council of the HSE. The study led to the following conclusions. The basis of the attitude of students to volunteering are the causes of the egoistic nature. It has been proven that there is a relationship between the regularity of volunteering and the cost of motivation. Young people show the highest frequency of participation with an increase in wages, and the lowest with a decrease in material benefits. The largest share of applications (43%) for PGAS comes from young people who rarely help (6 hours), their increased scholarship amounts to 3000.00 rubles per month. On an ongoing basis (25 hours) - 4% of students, 7000.00 rubles. These data indicate that students who are not experiencing serious financial difficulties are more likely to participate in volunteering. It is worth noting that HSE expects young people to pay 15.5 hours of volunteering every month. This study showed that the Increased State Academic Scholarships support volunteering insignificantly.

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