Mathias Corvinus Collegium

Gábor Komáromy Scholarship

Cook Communications

The 2014 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship has been awarded to Krisztina Balogh

Budapest, 15th November 2014 – Cook Communications, a full-service Public Relations agency with offices in Budapest, Prague, Sofia, Bucharest and Warsaw, and the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) in Budapest are pleased to announce that the 2014 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship for news reporting has been awarded to Krisztina Balogh.

Krisztina’s winning proposal centred around a series of articles reporting on the adoption process in Hungary and the reasons behind the low adoption rates of Roma children .

There are currently more than 2,000 children awaiting adoptive parents in Hungary, a significant proportion of whom are Roma. However, only a fifth of adoptive parents are willing to adopt a Roma child. Krisztina will report on the reasons behind these low rates of Roma adoption and the wider positive and negative stereotypes towards Hungarian Roma.

She plans to interview policy makers, parents that have adopted Roma children, and to visit children’s homes and orphanages. Krisztina impressed the selection committee with her determination to raise awareness of some of the difficult issues within the Hungarian adoption process.

Krisztina is a 21 year-old student of Hungarian Language and Literature at Eötvös Loránd Science University in Budapest and is a member of the Jesuit Roma College. She has worked as a trainee journalist at Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne, Germany, as a trainee news editor at Bonum TV in Budapest and is a volunteer at the Reformed Roma Mission.

There were 22 eligible applicants for the 2014 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship, with five short-listed for interview. Project proposals covered a diverse range of subjects, including gay and lesbian rights, young people living and working abroad, special needs education, theatre, higher education, dance, sport, feminism, employment opportunities, rural life, and the Chinese community in Hungary.