Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship

Program Description

The Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship of $3,500 is awarded to a young woman of Polish ancestry for first, second, or third year of medical studies at an accredited school of medicine in the United States.  Funding is for academic year September 2014 - May 2015 and is awarded on a competitive basis.


United States citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens with permanent residency status in the United States who are entering first, second or third year of studies towards and M.D. degree.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. This scholarship is open to female residents of the state of Massachusetts and is non-renewable. 

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's academic achievements, interests, motivation, interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration. First preference is given to residents of the state of Massachusetts. Qualified residents of New England are considered if no first preference candidates apply.

Application Procedure

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • A - Completed Scholarship Application Forms;
  • B - Statement of Purpose;
  • C - Official Transcripts;
  • D - Two confidential Letters of Reference;
  • E - Letter of Acceptance to Medical School;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport-size photo;
  • H - $35 non-refundable application fee.


  • 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.  On-line application will post at the bottom of this page on Saturday, Dec. 7th.
  • B - In the Statement of Purpose discuss your major, specialization and academic goals for which you are requesting scholarship support.  A minimum of three pages, double spaced.  Include your full name, "2014-2015" and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement. Do not staple pages together.
  • C - Submit official transcripts for the last three full years of academic work through Summer 2013. 
  • D - Submit two confidential Letters of academic reference from professors / teachers.  Letters should be written 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 medical school.  Letters are accepted through May 31st.
  • F - Submit proof of Polish ancestry.  Complete the Outline of Polish Ancestry and attach 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. Print your full name on the reverse side of your photo or e-mail an electronic photo to Addy@thekf.org.  Please use the following file naming convention when submitting electronic photos: TU15-photo-Last Name-First Name.  JPEG and PDF file extensions are accepted.
  • H - Submit the $35 non-refundable application fee together with the Checklist to the KF.  A hard copy of the Checklist is found with application forms above.  Please make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Additional Notes:

  • The KF cannot confirm receipt of materials by phone.
  • Faxed materials will not be accepted.
  • Do not staple check/money order to checklist.
  • Do not staple application forms.
  • Do not staple essay pages.

Submit all materials to:

Addy Tymczyszyn
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

Deadline Dates: 

January 10th, 2014 - Application, Financial Information Form, Statement of Purpose, Passport-size photo and $35 non-refundable application fee. January 20th, 2014 - Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Outline of Polish Ancestry and Supporting Documents and optional items such as curriculum vitae/resume.
May 31, 2014 - Copy of your Letter to Acceptance to Medical School.

Notification of results is made in writing on or about May 31, 2014.
A scholarship time-line for academic year 2014-2015 is available here.

Changes in contact information after submission of application materials may be forwarded via e-mail to:


To be added to the application mailing list for The Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewska Medical Scholarship please e-mail Addy@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).


Information below is posted for Kosciuszko Foundation's 2013-2014 scholarship recipients.

Click here to view the timeline of due dates for the 2013-2014 scholarship.

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