Hungarian American Coalition Announces Three Winners of “The Dr. Elemer Kiss Scholarship Program”

Washington, DC – “The Dr. Elemer Kiss Scholarship Program” has selected three outstanding students, each to receive a $1,000 stipend for the 2000-2001 academic year. They are: Miklos Orban, Georgetown University, a graduate student in International Law; Beata Suranyi, Western Maryland College, to study Business; and Sandor Vegh, University of Maryland, to receive his PhD in American Studies.

“The Elemer Kiss Scholarship Program” was established as a special memorial scholarship by the family and friends of Dr. Elemer Kiss, of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dr. Kiss, a member of the Coalition since its founding in 1991, left Hungary after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and settled with his family in Maryland. He demonstrated a life-long commitment to education both in Hungary and in the United States.

The Hungarian American Coalition first established its Scholarship Fund in 1997, in response to requests from a large number of Hungarian students, who gained acceptance to American colleges and universities, but needed additional financial assistance to complete their studies. Since then each year the Coalition has provided partial scholarships to 2-4 Hungarian university students.

The Hungarian American Coalition is a nationwide non-profit organization that promotes public understanding and awareness of Hungarian American issues.

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