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 studies at accredited colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarship amount varies.  Scholarships will be awarded for academic year September 2018-May 2019. 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

For more information about membership in the Polish American Club of North Jersey and its activities, please contact: Anna Sokolski, (973) 831-1328

Eligibility

Applicant must :

  • be a United States citizen of Polish descent or a Polish citizen with permanent residency status in the U.S.;
  •  be an active member (minimum: 2 years) of the Polish American Club of North Jersey;
  •  and 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 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:

  • A - Scholarship Application and Financial Information Form;
  • B - Statement of Purpose/essay;
  • C - Official Transcripts;
  • D - Two confidential Letters of Reference;
  • E - Letter of Admission;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport-size photo:
  • H - $35 non-refundable application fee and Checklist.

Notes:

  • A - Before applying on-line, preview the application form.  Apply only at the on-line form at the "Click Here to Apply" button found below.  Complete the Financial Information Form and save it as "PAC19-Last name-First name-FIF".  Submit the form via e-mail to  Addy@thekf.org or send a hard copy to the KF Grants Department via USPS; 
  • B - In the statement of purpose/essay discuss your major and your academic and career goals. Your statement of purpose will be three pages, double spaced.  Include your full name, "PAC19" and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement.  Save your file as "PACNJ19-Last Name-First Name-essay" and upload it to the on-line application form. 
  • C - Submit official transcripts for the last three full years of academic work through Summer 2017; Submit official transcripts via USPS.
  • D - Request letters of academic reference from two professors / teachers with whom you have studied recently.  Letters should be written on school/university letterhead and sent by teachers/professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS or via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org.  Please save the file as "PAC19-Candidate's Last name-First name-LOR-Prof's Last name";
  • E - Students who are entering college in September 2018 must submit a copy of the letter of admission. Submit a copy of your admission letter via USPS or via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org. If submitting via e-mail, please save your file as "PAC19-Last name-First name-admisson-University initials".  Admission letters are accepted through the scholarship notification date, however, earlier submissions are appreciated; 
  • F - 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.  Save the document as "PAC19-Last Name-First Name-heritage" and upload the file to the application form.  One line of descent is sufficient to prove Polish descent;
  • G - Submit a photo  of yourself which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter. Save your photo as "PAC19-Last name-First name-photo" and upload the file to the on-line application form
  • H - Upload your Curriculum Vitae.  Save your file as "PAC19-Last name-First name-CV";
  • I - Submit the $35 non-refundable application fee together with the Checklist to the KF and send via USPS.  Please make your check or money order payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Notes for Re-applicants:

  • Students who are applying for scholarship renewal must update all materials since their last application submission.  This includes an updated statement of purpose, official transcripts for the interim period through the most recent summer semester (do not submit current Fall grades unless requested); two updated letters of reference; an updated CV; complete the on-line tuition scholarship application; and submit an updated financial information form;
  • Submit Checklist and $35 non-refundable application fee;
  • Renewal of scholarships are not guaranteed; candidates who are reapplying for funding are considered together with the new pool of applicants;

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

  • You will receive an electronic confirmation upon application submission.
  • 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

Send hard copy documents 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, university admission letters, Financial Information Form, $35 application fee and Checklist. 

Documents accepted via e-mail include:  
Letters of Recommendation, University Admission letters, Financial Information Form. 

Deadline for application and supporting materials: January 22
 
Decision letters are sent in May.

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 OPEN

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

  1. A small photo of yourself (head shot) suitable for publication.
  2. Statement of purpose.
  3. Proof of Polish ancestry.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
Links to the application, financial information form, and checklist are live from late Fall through the deadline date. 
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When the application period is closed send an e-mail to Addy@thekf.org and ask to be added to the Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarship mailing list.  The scholarship cycle opens in Fall 2018 for academic Fall 2019/Spring 2020.  Be sure to include information that illustrates your  eligibility (ex.: I am a member of PACNJ and am an undergraduate freshman.  My GPA is 3.25). We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year and will send you an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 

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