A few words on Dr. Jorgji Jajçari and the Scholarship’s founders:

Dr. Jorgji was born in 1930 in Pogradec, Albania. After graduating high school in Ohrid, Macedonia, he travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria to study General Medicine, where he graduated with honors in 1954. Upon returning to Albania, Dr. Jajçari was appointed to a professorship position at Tirana Medical Polytechnic while concurrently practicing as an epidemiologist. In 1956, he was appointed Director of the Health Department in Fier, Albania. In 1960, he was transferred to the Korça district as Director of the Health Department. In 1971, Dr. Jajçari was appointed as Director of the Health Department in Pogradec, Albania, a position he held until retirement. Over his 35-year career Dr. Jorgji Jajçari held a variety of leadership positions across several Albanian cities while simultaneously practicing and lecturing in his medical specialty. Dr. Jajçari’s legacy continues to be cherished and honored through his contribution to the radical transformation of health systems and medical practices, as well as building new medical centers in southeast Albania. In 2005, Dr. Jajçari was awarded the honorary medal “Distinguished Personality of the District of Korça in the Medical Field” for his innumerable contributions and distinguished leadership. Dr. Jorgji Jajçari died in May 2007.

Dr. Jorgji Jajçari Academic Excellence Scholarship was founded in 2018 by Lazaron Gusho and Lori Çobani to honor the legacy their late grandfather, Dr. Jorgji Jajçari. Lazaron (Nehemia HS ’08) and Lori (Nehemia HS ’11), were both born and raised in Pogradec. They graduated from Elementary, Secondary, and High School at Nehemia School from 1998 to 2011. Lazaron holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering along with a Master’s of Science in Construction Management from New York University. He is now living and working in New York City. Lori is continuing his PhD in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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