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the same Daisy I saw on this Saturday night at the Rainbow Room, where she was hosting her party. Welcome. She and her late husband, Paul, also are/were major philanthropists. Both were Hungarian immigrants who came here as young people, after the Second World War. Among their many charitable ventures, in 1997, they created the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, with a charitable trust of $50 million. It was a program to give back to the country that afforded the Soros family such great opportunities. They focused on assisting young new Americans at critical points in their educations. In 2010, Daisy and Paul contributed an additional $25 million to the trust.
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Twenty years later, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans has become one of the most competitive graduate school fellowships in the country. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The program draws nearly 1,800 applications annually for just 30 fellowships. Daisy and Paul have funded lots of public programs that give us pleasure. My favorite is the summertime dances at Lincoln Center which they sponsored, and where everybody came out to a big outdoor public dance in the sunset with great musicians. These were more than a gift. They gave us
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