Tuition Scholarship Program

Program Description

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies in any field at colleges and universities in the United States.  Funding is for academic year September 2014 - May 2015. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year.

The scholarship program also supports masters degree studies at the Jagiellonian University Center for European Studies and various English Schools of Medicine in Poland.

United States citizens of non-Polish descent may apply for funding when their studies are primarily focused on Polish subjects.

Dedicated funding within the program is used to support the following geographic areas and fields of study:

  • law and engineering studies at DePaul University and non-public colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; 
  • residents of New Jersey for graduate studies especially in nursing, teaching and business;
  • residents of Amsterdam, NY, Chicopee, MA, and New Hampshire;
  • residents of Connecticut, especially Fairfield and New Haven counties;
  • leadership, excellent written and verbal communication and participation in school and/or community activities;
  • journalism; physical-chemical, biological and technical sciences; natural sciences; dentistry; applied sciences; medicine; music; humanities; social sciences; architecture; engineering; medical research; education; piano performance;  violin performance; law; art; fine arts;  pharmacy; chemistry; accounting; business administration; banking; finance; Polish studies.

ELIGIBILITY

United States citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing their graduate studies and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies only. Only one member per immediate family may receive a tuition scholarship during any given academic year. Applicants may re-apply.  Awards are limited to only two tuition scholarships per individual during the period of his/her studies.   

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's academic achievements, interests and motivation, the applicant's 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:

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

Notes:

  • 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 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, "TU- 204-2015" 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 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 graduate school.  Letters may be submitted through May 31.
  • 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.  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: "TU-15-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. 

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 2013 (do not submit transcripts for Fall 2013 unless requested); two updated letters of reference; tuition scholarship application; financial information form; and Checklist;
  • Submit updated materials with the Checklist and a $35 non-refundable application fee;  
  • Re-applicants are considered together with new applicants;
  • Please see Notes above for additional information and file naming conventions or contact the Grants Department. 

Notes for all applicants:

  • 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 and 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  10, 2014 - Application, Financial Information Form, Statement of Purpose, Passport sized Photo, and $35 non-refundable application fee
January 20, 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 of Admission to Graduate School

Notification of results is made in writing on or about June 30, 2014. 
A time-line for for academic year 2014-2015 is available here.
Scholarship applications are considered based on the materials submitted and stated goals as presented in the Statement of Purpose. Changes in subject area which are made following scholarship notification may result in re-consideration or cancellation of the scholarship award.

Please forward changes in contact information via e-mail to:
Addy@thekf.org

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ONLINE APPLICATION

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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. Acceptance letter from your institution.
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (optional).

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

 

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

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