Meet our 2020 SACC Scholarship Winners!
The success of this year's raffle fundraiser at The 27th Annual Slovak Ball enabled Slovak-American Cultural Center to award THREE scholarships for a new scholarship program to support the study of Slovak language and culture during the summer of 2020!
THANK YOU to our raffle sponsors (displayed on our home page), our private donors, as well as Slovak Ball attendees--your participation and generosity make a difference!
Our 2020 SACC Scholarship winners will study Slovak Language & Culture at the accredited Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Due to Covid-19 concerns, this year's summer program will take place 100% online. Nevertheless, the course retains its academic rigor, consisting predominantly of live instruction and interaction, and is equivalent to one year of language study at the college level. The six-week program takes place from 11am-4:30pm each day and also requires several hours of nightly supplemental study. In addition to intensive language classes, students attend Slovak films, lectures on politics and culture, and masterclasses on topics such as art, cuisine, and movement. We wish our scholarship recipients a fantastic experience and exciting Slovak adventure!
Andrew's grandparents immigrated to the United States from the Tatra Mountain region of Slovakia. A 2016 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics, Andrew is currently an Aviation student in the Professional Pilot Course at the Community College of Beaver County. In addition, he is cross-enrolled at the Univ. of Pittsburgh where he studies Slovak language and culture.
Outside of the classroom, Andrew is an active member of the Western PA Slovak Cultural Association, volunteers as Docent Manager with the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, and is manager-player on two local amateur soccer teams.
Andrew is grateful to SACC for supporting his Slovak studies. He hopes to connect with friends and extended family in Slovakia and to instruct Slovak students in flight training.
Professor Joel Fetzer
Joel S. Fetzer is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. A scholar of international politics, he has published seven books and many journal articles looking at public opinion, voting behavior, and political history. He wishes to improve his Slovak-language skills at the University of Pittsburgh this summer in order to improve his teaching of European Politics and to prepare for research projects on elite political discourse in Slovakia and religion and politics in Eastern Europe.
Isaac Mirti is a fifth-year Honors student at the University of Florida majoring in Statistics and Economics and minoring in African Studies. Isaac grew up on an organic farm in Gainesville, Florida. Through farming, he developed a passion for the outdoors and anything related to food, from production to consumption. When not busy with school, Isaac enjoys running, developing new recipes, and planning his next trip abroad.
After graduation, Isaac hopes to pursue postgraduate studies in finance and development economics in the United Kingdom. In the future, he would like to work in public policy and agricultural development to address food insecurity in developing countries and regions throughout the world.
Isaac regularly visits friends in the Banska Bystrica region of Slovakia and has fallen in love with the country's culture and beauty. He hopes his future work will include trips to Slovakia.