Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs

Program Description

The Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Scholarship of $1,250 is awarded to a qualified resident of Massachusetts for second, third or fourth year of undergraduate studies in the United States. Funding is for full-time studies during academic year September 2017-May 2018. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Eligibility

United States citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens with permanent residency status (green card holders) in the United States residing in Massachusetts who will be engaged in second, third or fourth year of undergraduate studies during academic year 2017-2018. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Qualified residents of New England will be considered if no applicants from Massachusetts apply. This scholarship is non-renewable. Only one member per immediate family may receive a Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Scholarship during any given academic year.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on application completeness, recommendations, academic excellence and achievements, interests and motivation, the applicant's essay,  interest in Polish subjects or involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration. 

Application Procedure

A complete application includes the following materials: 

Notes:

  • A - Before applying on-line, preview the application form at the link found above. Apply only at the on-line form at the "Click Here to Apply" button found below.  Complete the Financial Information Form, save it as "MF18-Last name-First name-FIF" and forward as an attachment via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org;  
  • B - In the Statement of Purpose/essay discuss your major, and academic and career goals.  Your statement of purpose will be three pages, double spaced.  Include your full name, "MF18" and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement.  Save your file as "MF18-Last name-First name-essay" and upload it to your application form;
  • C - Submit official transcripts for the last three full years of academic work through the most recent summer semester.  Submit official transcripts via USPS.
  • D - Request letters of academic reference from two teachers you have studied with recently.  Recommendation letters must be written on school/university letterhead and may be sent by professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS or via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org;
  • E - Submit proof of Polish ancestry.  Use 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 and arrange in chronological order.  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 official documents and will not be accepted. Save all documents to one file named "MF18-Last name-First name-ancestry" and upload to the application form;
  • F - Submit a photo of yourself (full face) which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter. Save your file as "MF18-Last Name-First Name-photo" and upload to the application form
  • G - Submit the $35 non-refundable application fee together with the Checklist to the KF via USPS.  Please make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation;

Additional Notes:

  • The KF cannot confirm receipt of materials by phone;
  • Do not staple check/money order to checklist.

Submit hard copy materials to:

Grants Department
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

Documents accepted via USPS include:

Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Financial Information Form, $35 application fee and checklist. 

Documents accepted via e-mail include:

Recommendation letters - please save as "MF18-Candidate's Last name-First name-red-Prof's Last name";

Financial Information Form - please save as "MF18-Last name-First name-FIF";

Deadline for application and supporting materials:  January 17 

Notification of results is made in writing on or about May 25, 2017

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THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS OPEN

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

  1. A passport sized full-faced photograph of yourself.
  2. Statement of purpose.
  3. Proof of Polish ancestry.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (optional).
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The on-line application period will close after the deadline date. When the application period is closed send an e-mail to Addy@thekf.org and ask to be added to the Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Scholarship (MFPWC Scholarship) mailing list. The scholarship cycle will re-open in Fall 2017 for academic year 2018/19. Be sure to include information that illustrates your  eligibility (ex.: American of Polish descent/green card holder of Polish descent); your city and state of residence (ex.: Boston, MA); your current educational level (ex.: undergraduate sophomore) and your GPA (ex.: 3.2 GPA).  We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  We will send you an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open.

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