Washington, DC – Five students were awarded the Dr. Elemér Kiss Scholarship awards for the 2007-2008 academic year. The winners are: Éva Tessza Udvarhelyi, a graduate of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, where she obtained an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and is a student of the City University of New York; János Américo Barbero, a student at the University of Washington in Seattle; Peter Szigeti, a graduate from ELTE Faculty of Law, studying at Harvard University Law School; Enikő Horváth, a graduate of Corvinus University of Budapest, admitted to Harvard University to study Government with an emphasis on International Relations; and Noémi Keszler, a graduate of The Field School of Washington, D.C., studying at Ohio Wesleyan University.
This year’s scholarship awards were made possible by the geneours contributions received from Coalition supporters on the occasion of the Coalition’s 2007 Gala Dinner held on May 4th, 2007 honoring Ambassador George Herbert Walker, III former ambassador to Hungary.
The “Dr. Elemér Kiss Scholarship Program” was established as a special memorial scholarship by the family and friends of Dr. Elemér 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 outstanding Hungarian students each year for full-time study in the United States.