Applications are being accepted for the Florian and Walburga Horvath Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes leadership, academic achievement, a commitment to education, and financial need; the scholarship is for partial tuition in the amount of $5,000 for academic year 2014-2015.
Frances L. Horvath, M.D., then Dean of the former School of Allied Health Professions, and her siblings Fay Anderson, Paul Horvath, and Carolyn Clemons established the endowment for this scholarship fund in 1985 in memory of their parents, Florian (Al) and Walburga (Wally) Horvath. Al Horvath immigrated to the United States with his family from Arpas, Austro-Hungary to Cleveland, Ohio in 1910, at the age of 13. Because his father became disabled, Al had to quit high school and seek work to support his parents, brothers and sisters. Initially he worked in the steel mills, later as a groomsman for a wealthy family, and finally, for forty years, as a grocery store manager for Fisher Foods in Cleveland.
After six years of school in her native Lackenbach, Austria, Wally worked as a cook and housekeeper in Budapest, and later as a housekeeper for a priest in Vienna. Having survived the First World War in Europe, she became convinced that her future was in America. She emigrated alone in 1921, at the age of 23, working first as a governess in Cleveland, and then starting a business as a hairdresser. She closed her business after the birth of her first child, but returned to work in a factory for several years during the Second World War. Al and Wally had met as little children; Wally’s father was the miller for the Duke of Esterhazy’s estate, Schloss Lackenbach, and Al lived with her family as an exchange student for a year or so. They renewed their friendship in the United States, and married in 1925. They built their house in 1930, at the height of the Great Depression. They became active in their community and in their local Catholic Parish in Cleveland, St. Henry’s Church.
Both Al and Wally believed that knowledge was a treasure, and that the pursuit of it was an adventure. They were determined that their children would have a college education, and were willing to make considerable sacrifices to achieve that goal. All four of their children received college degrees, and all worked during high school and college in order to defray the costs of that education. The children also benefited from scholarships given through the generosity of others. This scholarship honors the memory of Florian and Walburga Horvath, their sacrifices, their love, their generosity of spirit, their faith, and the values they instilled in their children. In helping others achieve their educational goal, the Horvath Memorial Scholarship Fund perpetuates their legacy.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
The scholarship recipient will be notified the week of March 31, 2014.