One of the most important permanent charitable activities of the club is its own scholarship program, which is the only financial support organization for educational purposes aimed at American Hungarian students in the entire midwest region. In 23 years, the program, which was revived in 1993 under the initiative of Sándor Krémer, Pál Bicók and Frigyes Körmöczy, and thanks to the financial support provided by individuals and organizations from Chicago area, has contributed over $110,000 to financing the studies of more than 50 American Hungarian students in higher education.
Getting young people involved in the community is one of the principle goals of the club today. The members realize that it is not enough to address their own older generation and get them involved in the activities to preserve and promote national identity, but it is equally important that the next generations realize and cherish these values. Naturally, younger Hungarians who were already born in the US have assimilated much more than the older generations. It is important to bear in mind that their education as well as American culture and traditions should also play an important role. This mentality is reflected in the scholarship as well: the students awarded are American Hungarian students studying in American institutions who also play an active role in the Hungarian community.
Applications are evaluated by club’s Scholarship Committee. Evaluations of the applications are done based on the following criteria: academic performance, quality of the content of the essay, community work and exceptional involvement in the life of the Hungarian community. A maximum score of 100 can be achieved. The total amount of scholarships is at least $2500, but depending on the donations received, it may increase. The “Pál Saláta Scholarship”, which is the highest possible amount of financial aid, is awarded to the student with the highest score.
The scholarships are partly financed from the club’s budget, and partly from various sources of support. The program has attracted both individuals and other organizations as supporters and without their donations it would not be possible to offer scholarships year after year.
Over the past few decades, many have donated money to this program, among whom the most outstanding supporters are Péter Várhegyi and his wife, László Morócz, Dr. Lajos Szathmáry, the Kossuth Club, St. Stephen King of Hungary Church, Pál Saláta and his family, the William Penn Association, and Father Alfonz Skerl. Without their generous donations and other contributions the club would not have been able to support such a great number of students for two decades.
2017 Scholarship Rules and Regulations
Only applications received by e-mail to MagyarKlubOsztondij@yahoogroups.com by midnight, December 31, 2016 containing all of the documents below will be considered. Applications that do not meet the criteria will not be considered. Results will be presented at the annual Gala Ball on January 28, 2017. The decision of the committee is final and cannot be appealed. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above.
The following items should be submitted for consideration (double-spaced, font-size: 12):
- Hungarian Club Membership: The applicant should be a paid member of the Hungarian Club in the application year and the following year.
- Proof of enrollment for the Spring 2017 semester, indicating at least one course, and that the course is part of a specific degree program. This enables part-time students to apply.
- Transcript, showing a minimum GPA of 2.5, including the Fall 2016 semester. The transcript should show enrollment in at least one course for Fall 2016.
- Volunteering in the Hungarian community. This can be in the form of:
a. Minimum 4-hour commitment at the Hungarian Club 2016 Events. Volunteer positions are open for the Annual Summer Picnic and the St. Nicholas Lunch. Please contact Kinga Sándor – Kovács, Vice President, at least two weeks prior to the event at firstname.lastname@example.org. This volunteer work will add 10 points during the scholarship evaluation process.
b. Volunteering work in other Hungarian organizations.
- A brief summary of the applicant’s plans, goals, academic and extracurricular activities emphasizing work in the Hungarian community, hobbies, plans, etc. For applicants residing in a location without a Hungarian community, other means of personal Hungarian advancement will be considered, such as reading Hungarian books, speaking Hungarian, etc. Include a brief summary of books read.
- Resume, with name, address, e-mail, description of volunteering work, and other work experience.
- Minimum two page essay, in English or Hungarian.
Essay Topic of the 2017 Scholarship Program
The preceding events, political background and potential consequences of the 2016 quota referendum in Hungary.
Students awarded with the Scholarship 1994 – 2016:
Balogh, Ákos / Baksay, Banks Maria / Baricz, Róbert / Barlea, Claudia / Biczó, Berta / Clancy, Rockwell F / Cservenák, Julianna / Cservenák, Michael / Cservenák, Tamás / Csicsai, Eszter / Csicsai, Ágnes / Daczo, Jessica / Demeter, Tamás / Demeter, Rebeka / Fábián, Sára / Fodor, Andrea / Fekete, Enikő Szidonia / Hablik, Éva / Horvát, Sabolch Alec / Kapusi, Éva / Katona, László / Klozer, Anikó / Koch, Amanda / Kovács , Andrew / Kovács, Réka / Lakatos, Fanni / Lassú, Boldizsár / Lauer, Abigail / Lukács, Péter / Megyeri, Csilla / Molnár, Zita / Mozsi, Timea / Nádas, Gyula / Németh, Hajnalka / Németh, Ilona / Németh, Ágnes / Répay, Nathanial / Sándor, Kinga / Sándor, Renáta / Stranyicyki, Imola / Suhayda, Stephen / Szilágyi, Stefi / Vajda, Viktor / Vajdova, Veronika / Vályi Nagy, Zsófia / Vályi Nagy, Tibor / Varga, Peter P Jr / Varjú, László / Vass, György / Végh, Andrew / Végh, Alex / Vella, Andrea / Vella, Viktoria / Vitalis, Melinda / Zsigmond, Csilla
Magyar nyelven való információkat az Ösztöndíj Program 2017 alatt olvashat.