Six students were awarded the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Awards for the 2008-2009 academic year. The winners are: Eszter Győri, a graduate of the International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB), who has been admitted to Sewanee: The University of the South; Betty Henkel, a graduate from the Transcarpathian Hungarian College, admitted to study Liberal Arts at Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY; Enikő Horváth, a graduate from Corvinus University of Budapest, admitted to Harvard University to study Government with an emphasis on International Relations; Noémi Keszler a graduate from The Field School, Washington, D.C. where she transferred as a senior in high school from Romania. Ms. Keszler is an undergraduate student at Ohio Wesleyan University; Mirjam Donath who has been admitted to Columbia University, NY; and Zsófia Schwéger who has been admitted to Wellesley College.
This year’s scholarship awards were made possible by the generous contributions received from Coalition supporters on the occasion of the Coalition’s 2008 Gala Dinner held on April 18, 2008 honoring Dr. August J. Molnar, President of the American Hungarian Foundation, and donations received in memory of Mrs. Eva Kiss.
The Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Program was established as a special memorial scholarship by the family and friends of Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss, of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dr. and Mrs. Kiss, members of the Coalition since its founding in 1991, left Hungary after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and settled with their family in Maryland. They demonstrated a life-long commitment to education both in Hungary and in the United States.
The Hungarian American Coalition first established the 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. The scholarship is restricted to those who have already won admission to a U.S. university. For more information visit our website at www.hacusa.org.