Scholarships Program

Thanks to generous support from several key donors, the Friends of Slovakia is able to once again offer scholarships for Slovak students at the Fund for American Studies summer program in June-July 2017. The program involves coursework, as well as an internship, giving participants practical work experience in an English-speaking environment. For more information on the 2017 program download the 2017 FOS scholarship letter [pdf 100kB].


Testimonials of Friends of Slovakia scholarships recipients

Slovak students who have participated in the past have found the program personally and professionally rewarding (for stories of past program participants see a brochure Summer in Washington, DC [pdf 2MB].)

FOS Scholar Lucia Cerchlanova

FOS Scholar Lucia Cerchlanova

How did you find out about Friends of Slovakia and the DC Internship program?
I was accepted to Columbia University in New York for a similar summer program. I was looking for some scholarship to cover the cost, when I found this program on saia.sk. It seemed to be more interesting than the one in New York, so I applied and I was accepted.

What is your best memory from the program?
When the CEO of my internship site retired during the week I arrived, I scheduled an appointment to meet him for 30 minutes on his last day in the office. The conversation took more than 2 hours. Next week we went out for dinner. He brought a book with personal letters from presidents from all around the world, including Vaclav Havel and Bill Clinton for me to see. It was really impressive.

How did 8 weeks in DC change you?
The program was very challenging. I mastered my time management skills and discipline. I have never thought that it is possible to achieve so many little accomplishments and attend so many meetings in one single day. I was also a part of exceptionally smart group of people from all around the world. Their ideas of the world and their thoughts changed the way I was thinking of my own life. I realized I am capable of achieving anything, as long as I put hard work, discipline and passion into it. Well, not just me, anybody who is willing to do that. My mentor Katherine, who has a degree from Harvard in economics, also taught me many valuable lessons.

What are you doing now and what are your career goals to the future? 
I am still at Northeastern University in Oklahoma, where I am involved in the tennis team and Entrepreneurship club. I will graduate in December 2015, and after that I will be moving to either San Francisco or New York to work for a little bit and then I will pursue my master’s degree, hopefully in London. After I gain enough experience from abroad, I would like to come back home to Slovakia. I can see a lot of work that needs to be done in politics as well as in business, which I would like to do. We need more innovative, open minded people who have a vision for the change. My dream is to be become one of them. I also want build an innovative and green business, which will add value to the society.

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most positive, what recommendation would you give?
This opportunity opened more doors than I have ever imagined! It was challenging, exciting, it topped my expectations, and helped me move to a whole new level. I am very grateful to Slovak American Foundation and Friends of Slovakia, because this world class experience would not be possible without the scholarship from them.  The program truly deserves the highest grade 5.


FOS Scholar Tomas Sakal

FOS Scholar Tomas Sakal

How did you find out about Friends of Slovakia and the DC Internship program?
Spending as much time online as I do, I found out about the DC Internship program and the scholarship Friends of Slovakia provides successful applicants with from an alumni’s blog, where he detailed his experiences from a previous year of the program.

What is your best memory from the program?
Although I can hardly name a single best memory, I will definitely not let myself forget all those late evenings and nights when I gave up sleep to spend time with the extraordinarily bright fellow students.

How did 8 weeks in DC change you?
I realized there was an abundance of important questions I have not asked myself about where I am going and how I can utilize my passions and abilities to achieve my goals. This would hardly have been possible without the stimulating and exciting environment this program creates.

What are you doing now and what are your career goals to the future? 
With more unknown variables and questions, but also with more direction and determination, I am continuing my studies at my home university. Ultimately I am aiming to help those around me by utilizing my broad range of skills and knowledge in the fields of business and public policy.

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most positive, what recommendation would you give?
Give careful consideration into whether you have a passion for politics and economics. If you do, this is one of the very best ways you can spend eight weeks of your life. Five and beyond!


FOS Scholar Juraj Hostak

FOS Scholar Juraj Hostak

How did you find out about Friends of Slovakia and the DC Internship program?
I found out about the program by word of mouth, from a former The Fund of American Studies alumni and Friends of Slovakia beneficiary.

What is your best memory from the program?
The best memory from the program was for me the diversity of the people I met – fellow scholars as well as fellow interns, with whom we pooled our summer experiences to everyone’s advantage.

How did 8 weeks in DC change you?
The 8 weeks in Washington helped me learn a lot about international affairs from a new perspective, economics and the mechanics of Washington. It also taught me valuable lessons about the importance of freedom and free trade for the future and betterment of the world. Last but not least, living, learning and interning in Washington helped me realign my values and goals.

What are you doing now and what are your career goals for the future? 
Currently I am focused on finishing my Master studies and digesting my summer experiences in order to determine my priorities and lay out a plan for my immediate, as well as the more distant future.

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most positive, what recommendation would you give?
As long as the prospective candidate realizes that the Fund for American Studies is a demanding, intensive study program that advances the ideas of freedom in all aspects of national and international relations – definitely 5/5.