2014 Tuition Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

The Kosciuszko Foundation To Award $60,000 In Tuition Scholarships For Undergraduate Students Of Polish Origin

The Kosciuszko Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for a special tuition scholarship program for undergraduate students of Polish descent. The program was made possible thanks to a $60,000 grant received from the Polish government for 2014. A $2,000 scholarship will be offered to 30 promising undergraduate students studying in the USA and pursuing degrees at the intersection of media, communication, political science, social studies, law and administration. Students seeking careers in media, government, and public affairs are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2014 and scholarship awards will be distributed for the fall semester of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Full-time undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded for academic achievement, leadership qualities, motivation, interest in Polish subjects, and involvement in the Polish American community.


I. Eligibility

  • Full-time undergraduate students
  • Majors: media, communication, political science, social studies, law and administration
  • United States citizenship or permanent residency
  • Proven Polish descent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Only one member per immediate family may receive a KF tuition scholarship during any given academic year.

II. Selection Criteria

Scholarships are merit based and are awarded for academic achievement, leadership qualities, motivation, the applicant's interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration.

III. Application Procedure

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • A - Completed Scholarship Application Forms (see below);
  • B - Statement of Purpose;
  • C - Official Transcripts;
  • D - Two confidential Letters of Reference;
  • E - Letter of Acceptance to undergraduate school;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport-size photo;


A Hard copies of the Scholarship Application Forms are found HERE. They include the Checklist, Tuition Scholarship Application, Financial Information Form, Outline of Polish Ancestry, and Signature page.  The Application Form may be completed and submitted on-line (see link at the bottom of this page for the on-line application). 

B - In the statement of purpose discuss your major, specialization, academic and professional goals for which you are requesting scholarship support. A minimum of three pages, double-spaced. Include your full name, "TU- 2014-2015" and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement.

C - Submit official transcripts for the last three full years of academic work through Spring 2014.

D - Submit two confidential letters of academic reference from professors/teachers. Letters should be submitted on university letterhead in a sealed envelope and may be sent directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation.

E - Submit a copy of your letter of acceptance to undergraduate school.

F - Submit proof of Polish ancestry. Complete the Outline of Polish Ancestry and attach supporting documents such as birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers, and other official documents to show your lineage to the ancestor who was born in Poland. Highlight relevant names in supporting documents.  If documentation is not available, a letter from a prominent member of the community verifying your Polish ancestry will be accepted. Letters from relatives are not accepted.

G - Submit a passport-size photo (2 inches x 2 inches), which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter. 


July 31, 2014 - Deadline for submitting complete applications

August 30, 2014 - Notification of accepted/declined scholarship awards is made in writing

Sept.1 - Oct. 31, 2014 - KF accepts letters of verification of full time student status

October 5, 2014 - Distribution of scholarship funds to winners begins


Please be advised that the applications for the KF scholarships for undergraduate studens are still being reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The results will be announced by the end of September. All candidates will be notified by e-mail.

Submit all materials to:

Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
Att.: Ewa Zadworna

15 E 65th Street

New York, NY 10065

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 222
E-mail: ezadworna@thekf.org




You will need to upload several documents to complete the online application:

  1. A 2" by 2" passport sized full-faced photograph of yourself
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Financial Information Form
  4. Proof of Polish ancestry
  5. Acceptance letter from your institution
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (optional)