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Hungarian American Coalition Receives a $25,000 Grant from The Sunshine Lady Foundation for the Bognár Family Hungarian Scholarship Fund

Washington, DC – The Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) received a grant of $25,000 from the Sunshine Lady Foundation to support the Bognár Family Hungarian Scholarship Fund (BFHSF)’s mission.

Photos of students supported by the BFHSF in the 2019-2020 academic year

BFHSF was established in 1999 by the late Dr. Béla and April Bognár to provide assistance to qualified Hungarian university students living and/or studying in Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, and the United States to finish their educations in their own countries or in the United States, and to remain or return to their home countries to provide leadership in their communities. In 2014, the Coalition took over administrative duties for this program, including fundraising, selecting scholarship recipients and program evaluation.

Since its inception, the scholarship fund has awarded more than $700,000 to 255 Hungarian students in the US and the Carpathian Basin. Scholarship recipients must have an excellent academic record, outstanding recommendations from teachers, mentors, clergy or community leaders, and a proven financial need.

The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF), a private family foundation founded in 1996 by the late Ms. Doris Buffett, sister of famed businessman and philanthropist Mr. Warren Buffett and daughter of businessman Mr. Howard Buffett, is one of the major supporters of the BFHSF. To learn more about Ms. Doris Buffett, who was a tireless advocate for those in need and passed away recently, read our obituary here. The mission of the Sunshine Lady Foundation is to invest in organizations and programs dedicated to providing opportunities for the advancement of education, well-being and new life choices for disadvantaged people with special empathy for the working poor and families in crisis.

Contributions to the Coalition are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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