Stoyan Christowe was a journalist, author and a politician. Born in Ottoman Macedonia in 1898, he immigrated to the United States in 1911 with a burning desire to be an American's American. He came of age on the Great Plains and went on to be a well-known journalist, critic and lover of the English language. In all, he wrote six books, numerous short stories and articles. He ended his career as a Vermont State Representative and then a Senator.
Stoyan Christowe remained passionate about his adopted country throughout his life and is remembered as a staunch defender of the democratic way. His is a quintessential American immigrant story that will be remembered through an endowment fund in support of students of literature and political science, in his native Macedonia and the documentary film My American Pilgrimage.
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To honor the extraordinary life of Stoyan Christowe and to keep his literary work alive, the Macedonian Arts Council established THE STOYAN CHRISTOWE SCHOLARSHIP FUND in 2010. The first three students granted this scholarship earned their BA degrees in classical studies and literature in May of 2014. The Macedonian Arts Council contributed a total of $12,000.
To ensure the ongoing and permanent support of students in need of financial aid, the scholarship has morphed into THE STOYAN CHRISTOWE ENDOWMENT FUND. For the purpose of establishing a permanent endowment fund, the Macedonian Arts Council is in discussions with several institutions that played a major role in the shaping of Stoyan Christowe’s writing and political career.
Through this fund, one economically disadvantaged high school graduate in Macedonia will be selected each year to attend Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in the capitol, Skopje. The field of studies will be limited to the two subjects that Stoyan Christowe was passionate about and excelled in: literature and political science. The endowment fund will support 4 students, each in a different academic year, and will be managed by the US based education institution.