University Awards Full Scholarship To 13-Year-Old Who Sold Tea To Help Earthquake Victims

March 20, 2023

A 13-year-old boy from Sarajevo, Bosnia has received a full scholarship from the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) for his efforts to help people affected by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

boy full scholarship sells tea for earthquake victims
Credit: University of Sarajevo

Benjamin Mehanovic set up a stand in Sarajevo and sold tea to raise money for people in Turkey and Syria who have been affected by the earthquakes that hit northern Syria and southern Turkey last month.

He was spending 4 hours a day in the cold selling tea for $0.5, Anadolu Agency reported.

He raised €100 ($107) and used the money to purchase baby wipes, tooth brushes, food and more.

boy full scholarship sells tea for earthquake victims
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On March 17, IUS invited Mehanović to the campus and awarded him a full scholarship for his future education.

"He is a little boy who has a big heart. He is an example of what humankind should do in difficult moments. Benjamin has already become a part of the IUS family and he proves that one person can change the world," said Prof. Dr. Ahmet Yıldırım.

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