Emphasizing Educational Access, Donors Invest in CEU Scholarships

December 17, 2015

CEU’s international student body represents 107 countries across five continents. Such diversity is integral to the University’s mission to foster democracy and open society throughout the world. To ensure that all students, especially those from developing countries or regions in turmoil, have equitable access to a world-class graduate education, CEU has developed a robust scholarship program, with around 85% of students receiving financial assistance.

This year, in honor of the University’s 25th anniversary and the 85th birthday of founder George Soros, visionary donors have contributed unprecedented amounts of scholarship support for CEU with gifts at every level.

A recent grant of $1 million from the Selz Foundation provides funding for more than 40 young scholars in the Department of Medieval Studies. Dr. Daniel Ziemann, associate professor and head of the Department of Medieval Studies, commented that “this donation by the Selz Foundation will help us to build upon and strengthen the Department of Medieval Studies and enhance our ability to produce scholars who will go on to have important impacts on our understanding of the human past.”

An anonymous donor is fulfilling a lifelong wish to support students who would otherwise not have the means to pursue a graduate degree. This seven-figure commitment recognizes the link between democracy and education, and will ensure continued opportunities for young scholars to pursue an outstanding education at CEU. John Shattuck, CEU President and Rector, has commended this generous gift, noting that "exemplary contributions of this scale strengthen the University's ability to educate new generations of global leaders, while reinforcing CEU's open society mission." 

In demonstration of their leadership and clear belief in the work of CEU, University trustees have also extended ongoing scholarship commitments in recent months. An endowed scholarship has been established by Peter and Patricia Nadosy to support a top Hungarian student each year in their CEU studies. Matt and Ann Nimetz are continuing their South Balkans Scholarships at the School of Public Policy which have to date enabled 15 students from southeastern Europe to undertake a Master’s in Public Administration. Through gifts to the Alumni Scholarship Fund, CEU Alumni are supporting 24 scholars, studying within 13 academic disciplines. This year’s alumni scholars hail from 22 countries, including Syria, Nepal, Turkey, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Russia, Pakistan, and India. Select stories from this remarkable group of students will be highlighted in upcoming issues of the Octagon.

As the University draws closer to the two momentous occasions being celebrated this year, more than 60 friends and admirers of George Soros have joined together to support the George Soros Leadership Fund. These gifts will directly champion CEU’s most outstanding and deserving students to advance their education and reach their ambitions.

To support scholarships at CEU or learn more about ways you can be involved, please visit giving.ceu.edu.