Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scholarships for Polish and Polish-American Students

In honor of Polish-American Heritage Month (October), we have a little roundup of scholarships aimed at Polish-Americans (why yes, I am one--how  did you guess?)--and some Poles as well.  The Jan Gorecki Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to students of Polish descent in England, Poland or the United States.  Students must "demonstrate high academic achievement."  For more information, write Peter Paley, Treasurer, at 19306 S. Anza Blvd. Torrance, Ca 90503-1405.

The Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation gives scholarships to graduate, doctoral or postgraduate students who are Polish or of Polish descent.  Their U.S. phone number in Princeton, N.J. is 609-688-1030, or, if you are Polish-speaking, try their website for more information.

The big daddy of Polish cultural scholarship support, however, is the Kosciuszko Foundation with offices in New York City and Warsaw.  They fund student exchange programs between the United States and Poland, a summer study in Poland program to gain proficiency in the Polish language,  scholarships for either students of Polish descent OR students who are not of Polish descent and wish to study in Poland or study Polish language or culture.   

Don't wait too long to start picking around for scholarships.  You should start hunting and applying for scholarships now if you intend to start college next fall.  And, powodzenia (good luck) everybody.

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