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Friends of Slovakia selects five scholars for Summer 2015


Five Slovak students have been chosen to take part in the summer program at the Fund for American Studies (TFAS). The TFAS program, which takes place annually in June-July, offers both coursework and internships, providing students with real-world experience in an English-language setting. 

Between 2004 and 2014, FOS sponsored 30 Slovak students for the TFAS program. This summer’s program will bring that number up to 35. The FOS scholarships have been possible thanks to generous support from TFAS, as well as from the Slovak-American Foundation and private donors, including Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick and FOS board member Richard Marko.  

Here are the Summer Scholars 2015 and some information on their academic careers:

Lucia Cerchlanova comes from Skalice (near Cadca) and is currently studying international business at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.  She is president of the university’s Entrepreneurship Club and captain of the tennis team.

Juraj Hostak is from Bratislava, and he is currently working on a master’s degree in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  He has worked for Accenture in Bratislava and as an organizer of the 2014 GLOBSEC conference.

Lukas Prvy was born in Slovakia but currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.  He recently completed a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Amsterdam.  Lukas is now in the training program at Deloitte.

Tomas Sakal is from Bratislava and is now studying computer science at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic.  He has a wide range of interests, including foreign languages (he speaks Bulgarian and Chinese) and international affairs. 

Monika Soltesova is from Michalovce, and she is currently a student of foreign languages and intercultural communication at the University of Economics in Bratislava.  She has held internships at the US Embassy in Bratislava and at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna.


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