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The Hungarian Arts Club of Detroit

Scholarship Winner Search!!!

The Hungarian Arts Club awards a college scholarship to students of Hungarian descent, enrolled in a fine arts program. The club has been awarding this scholarship since 1958 and presents the award at the annual White Rose Debutant Ball. While always looking for applicants, the club would like to contact all the former winners and use their stories of success to inspire others.

If you have won The Hungarian Arts Club scholarship, or know of someone who has, please contact Richard Hayes at rrichardhayes5181@gmail.com or 248 505 1171 with your current contact info, so an interview can be arranged.

Or if you are interested in applying for the scholarship, you may also contact Richard Hayes for an application. If you are interested in becoming a debutant or escort, please contact Linda Enyedy at lindaneni@aol.com or 248 352 0927.

The Hungarian Arts Club was formed in 1958 as an organization to preserve Hungarian arts and culture. The Club’s goals are to nourish, support and promote Hungarian heritage and to present this culture to the people of the United States.

To meet this purpose, the Hungarian Arts Club has raised money through Hungarian cultural events it has sponsored and awarded over $60,000.00 in scholarships to students of Hungarian descent. These scholarships have gone to students pursuing fine arts degrees, throughout colleges in North America, in fields ranging from acting and instrumental performance to music teachers and artists.

The Hungarian Arts Club continues the decades old tradition of introducing young girls of Hungarian descent to society at its annual debutante ball, the White Rose Ball. The formal, black-tie ball with traditional ballroom dancing has been held at the Dearborn Inn for the past several years. The debutantes and their escorts perform the Palotas, a traditional dance of the Hungarian royal court. Each debutante is then formally introduced to the Hungarian community. The Ball also serves as the venue for the scholarship award presentation. The art of winners is displayed or the musical winners perform for the audience.

Over the years, The Hungarian Arts Club has donated to the community to bring Hungarian culture to others. Funds were donated to establish the Hungarian Room at Alex Manoogian Hall at Wayne State University and to Michigan State University to acquire an antique cymbolom—a traditional Hungarian instrument. A bust of Franc List, sculpted by a Hungarian artist, was donated to Ford Auditorium during a reception to honor Antal Dorati, then the director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Hungarian Arts Club has also been a strong supporter of other Hungarian cultural clubs and organizations. Not only were they, one of the founding members of the Hungarian-American Cultural Center, but they provided financial support to Dancers Hungaria, a group dedicated to the preservation of Hungarian Folk Dancing. The Club also has sponsored numerous activities at the Holy Cross Hungarian Church Festival.

Contributing even further to the advancement of Hungarian Culture, the Club has sponsored music ensembles and folk dancers from Hungary, such as the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Okros, Etlefa, Meta, Philharmonia Hungarica, Toronto’s Kodaly Ensemble, the Children’s Choir of Budapest, and Szaszcsavas.

Other efforts to bring Hungarian culture to the metro area have included hosting a Hungarian exhibit at Oakland University and a month long Hungarian artifact display at the Livonia Library.

The current President is Tamas Markovits of Ypsilanti with Linda Enyedy of Southfield as Vice-President. For further information regarding membership, scholarships, or participation in the Ball, please call Linda Enyedy (248) 352-0927