Polish American Club of North Jersey

Program Description

The Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarships provide funding to qualified students for full-time undergraduate and graduate studies at accredited colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarship amount varies.  Scholarships will be awarded for academic year September 2017-May 2018. The selection of Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarship winners is made on a competitive basis by the Kosciuszko Foundation on behalf of the Polish American Club of North Jersey. Students may reapply for funding. A scholarship application form will post to the bottom of this page in Fall 2016. 

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Eligibility

United States citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens with permanent residency status in the U.S. who are active members of the Polish American Club of North Jersey and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Children and grandchildren of Club members are eligible. Only one member per immediate family may receive a Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarship during any given academic year.

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.

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;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport photo:
  • H - $35 non-refundable application fee.

Notes:

  • A - A copy of the application form appears her for review during the application period.  The on-line application form post to the "Click Here to Apply" button found below during the application period. 
  • B - In the statement of purpose discuss your major, and academic career goals.  Your statement of purpose will be three pages, double spaced.  Include your full name, "PACNJ18" and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement.  Save your file as "PACNJ18-essay-lastname-firstname" and upload it to the on-line application form. 
  • C - Submit official transcripts for three full years of academic work through Summer 2016; Submit official transcripts via USPS.
  • D - Submit two confidential letters of academic reference from professors / teachers.  Letters should be written on school/university letterhead and sent by teachers/professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via US postal service or e-mail to Addy@thekf.org;
  • E - Students entering college studies and graduate or doctoral level studies in September 2017 must submit a copy of the letter of acceptance. Letters may be submitted via US postal service or e-mail to Addy@thekf.org through April 10th.
  • F - Submit proof of Polish ancestry.  Upload copies of official 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 photo  of yourself which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter. Electronic photo may be uploaded to the on-line application.  Save file as:  PACNJ18-photo-yourlastname-yourfirstname; 
  • H - Submit the $35 non-refundable application fee together with the Checklist to the KF.  Please make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Notes for Re-applicants:

  • With the exception of photos and proof of Polish descent, scholarship re-applicants must update all materials since their last application submission.  This includes an updated statement of purpose, official transcripts through Summer 2016 (do not submit transcripts for Fall 2016 unless requested); two updated letters of reference; tuition scholarship application, financial information form; and Checklist;
  • Submit $35 non-refundable application fee made out to the Kosciuszko Foundation and checklist and send to the address listed below;
  • Students who re-apply for funding do not receive preferential treatment; renewal applications are considered together with the new pool of applicants;
  • Please see Notes above for additional information and file naming conventions;

Notes for all P.A.C.N.J. applicants:

  • The KF cannot confirm receipt of materials by phone.
  • Do not staple check/money order to Checklist;
  • All P.A.C.N.J candidates must forward a copy of their completed  checklist to: Anna Sokolski, PACNJ, PO Box 494, Paramus, NJ 07653

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 13 - application, supporting materials and application fee.
April 10 - copy of your college/university letter of admission.

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

Changes in contact information after submission of application materials may be forwarded via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org
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ONLINE APPLICATION is currently CLOSED

THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY WILL BE FALL 2016 

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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. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (optional).

When the on-line application period is closed, write to Addy@thekf.org and ask to be added to the Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarship mailing list.  Be sure to include information that illustrates your  eligibility. For example, indicate the city and state of residence, that you are an American of Polish descent, that you or a member of your family is a member of the PACNJ and include information such as the level of studies (undergraduate/ graduate) that you expect to begin or continue during academic year 2017-2018. We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 

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