Applications are still being accepted for the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor and Petőfi Sándor Programs, and scholarship candidates can submit their applications until July 31st. János Árpád Potápi, State Secretary for National Policy, was pleased to announce that the programs were even more popular than usual. They help to strengthen Hungarian communities in many places, benefiting the nation as a whole, reports Magyar Nemzet.
There is enormous interest in the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program, helping Hungarians in the diaspora and the Petőfi Sándor Program, supporting Hungarians in the dispersed areas, and so far there have been twice as many applicants as last year.
Árpád János Potápi noted that they would like more people to submit applications by July 31st. “This would give us the opportunity to select the best young people, which would be good for the programs.”
Organizers have facilitated the process to encourage more people to apply.
Those who have been scholarship holders for the past two or three years have not been excluded, and the application age has been lowered from 20 to 18.
A high school diploma is still a prerequisite.
Young people who have graduated from high school and do not start their higher education for any reason can participate.
He added that the scholarship holders who take part in one of the programs gain a lot from their experience of Hungarian communities, patriotism, and knowledge of human nature.
Wherever there is a vibrant Hungarian community,
passing on Hungarian identity, culture, language, and traditions, a small piece of Hungary is being built,
Applicants from Hungary and beyond the borders are welcome. The fellows’ task is to assist the Hungarian community in the diaspora to preserve their Hungarian identity through community service for nine months.
In the current call for the 2023/2024 program year, the Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program offers fellowships to countries like USA, Canada, several European countries, Israel, and Turkey. The Petőfi Sándor Program offers fellowships to Hungarian communities in the Hungarian diaspora in countries neighboring Hungary, such as Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia.
The Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program will be open to up to 75 scholarship holders in the 2023/2024 period, while the Petőfi Sándor Program will accomodate up to 50.
Both applicants and host organizations can apply for the scholarships at www.kulhonimagyarok.hu.
Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Facebook/Petőfi és Kőrösi Program