Vitali Silitski Belarusian Alumni Scholarship

Applications open in Spring 2018.

Named in honor of the late Belarusian scholar Vitali Silitski (POLS '94), this scholarship is open to eligible students from Belarus. The alumni donors to this scholarship believe that Vitali's memory will serve as an example to future Belarusian students, whose CEU experience will be an important personal and professional milestone.

The scholarship is open to Belarusian students in financial need with a record of community service and the potential to advance strong CEU alumni groups after graduation, around the world. Five Belarusian students so far have studied at CEU with this scholarship.

The Alumni Scholarship (AS) may be used to supplement other financial aid packages provided by the University. The award helps to cover the costs of living in Budapest and amounts to $2,000 per recipient per academic year.

Program Benefits

In the words of Alumni Scholarship Recipients (ASRs) the program benefits include:

  • Receiving a generous monthly stipend
  • Being informed about and engaged in university-wide events and activities
  • Contributing to the work of CEU Recruitment, Alumni Relations and Career Services units
  • Learning from the experiences of the support staff at the university
  • Sharing and learning from the experiences and expertise of fellow ASRs from different departments and countries
  • Translating ideas into practice by implementing individual/group projects in collaboration with other ASRs and different CEU offices
  • Helping to organize and attending the CEU Alumni Reunion Weekend in May
  • Being a part of a community that CARES
  • Joining a cool Facebook group

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Vitali Silitski Belarusian Alumni Scholarship Program you should:

  • Have been offered admission by CEU
  • Be an incoming master’s degree student from Belarus
  • Have a proven record of community service, volunteering and leadership
  • Be willing to intern with the CEU Enrolment Management, Career Services and Alumni Relations offices for 40 hours during the academic year
  • Be committed to volunteer for CEU after graduation
  • Preference is given to eligible students with a modest financial aid package

 * Please note that AS is awarded only to incoming master’s degree students for one academic year. Students on two year programs are eligible to receive funding only for their first year. Students in their second year are not eligible to apply.

* Applications will be reviewed by the Belarusian Alumni Chapter Committee and the CEU Alumni Relations & Career Services Office.

Program Requirements

While studying at CEU you are expected to:

  • Complete a 40-hour internship with CEU Enrolment Management, Career Services and Alumni Relations offices
  • Initiate your individual and/or group project benefitting the CEU community including students, alumni and prospective students
  • Check out this year ASRs’ projects.

After graduating from CEU you are expected to engage in any of the following:

  • Start a new alumni local chapter or lead an existing chapter (see list)
  • Organize alumni events in your area
  • Provide career mentorship to current students and fellow alumni
  • Share relevant job announcements with CEU’s Career Services team
  • Help CEU recruit talented prospective students
  • Come up with new ideas on how to support CEU’s alumni, career and recruitment initiatives in your area