Tuition Scholarship Program

Program Description

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies at colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. Funding is only for full-time studies. Scholarships are for academic year September 2018 - May 2019.  

All fields and majors are eligible for scholarship funding under the Kosciuszko Foundation's Tuition Scholarship program.  In addition, the Foundation also has special scholarships for  :

  • law and engineering students at DePaul University and at 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, first preference for students majoring in nursing, teaching and business;
  • residents of Amsterdam, NY; 
  • residents of Chicopee, MA; 
  • residents of New Hampshire;
  • residents of Connecticut, residents of Fairfield and New Haven counties receive first preference;
  • students who evidence leadership, excellent written and verbal communication skills and participation in school and/or community activities;
  • students majoring in journalism; 
  • students majoring in physical-chemical, biological, technical and natural sciences;
  • student majoring in dentistry; 
  • students majoring in medicine at English schools of medicine in Poland;
  • students majoring in applied sciences; medicine; music; humanities; social sciences; architecture; engineering; medical research; education; piano performance;  violin performance; orchestral studies; law; art; fine arts;  pharmacy; chemistry; accounting; business administration; banking; finance; Polish studies.

ELIGIBILITY

United States citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing their graduate studies and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are awarded only for full-time studies. Only one member per immediate family may receive a tuition scholarship during the academic year. Applicants may re-apply for funding, however, scholarship renewals are not guaranteed.  Awards are limited to two tuition scholarships per individual during the period of his/her studies.   

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on application completeness, recommendation of teachers and professors, academic excellence and achievements, applicant's 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 Letters of Recommendation;
  • E - Letter of Admission;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport-size photo;
  • H - Curriculum Vitae;
  • I - $35 non-refundable application fee and Checklist.

Notes:  

  • A -  Preview the sample application form at the link found above before you apply.  Prepare your supporting documents in advance and save them according to the file naming conventions suggested.  Complete the application found at the "Click Here to Apply" button found below and upload your supporting files.  Complete the Financial Information Form and save it as "TU19-Last name-First name-FIF".  Submit the form via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org or send a hard copy to the 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 and page numbers on the upper right hand corner of each page of your statement. Save your file as "TU19-Last Name-First name-essay" and upload it to the 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 professors or teachers you have studied with recently.  Recommendations must be written on university letterhead and may be sent by professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS or via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org. Please save the file as "TU19-Candidate's Last name-First name-LOR-Prof's Last name";  
  • E - Students who are entering graduate school or beginning a doctoral program 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 "TU19-Last name-First name-admission-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 your documents to one file.  Save the document as "TU19-Last name-First name-heritiage" 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 "TU19-Last name-First name-photo" and upload the file to the on-line application form;  
  • H - Upload your Curriculum Vitae.  Save your file as "TU19-Last name-First name- CV"
  •  ISubmit 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. 

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 (tell us what you did since you received the scholarship); official transcripts for the interim period through the most recent Summer semester (transcript need not include current Fall grades); two updated letters of reference; complete the on-line tuition scholarship application; and submit an updated financial information form.  
  • Submit the Checklist and a $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 applicants:

  • You will receive an electronic confirmation upon application submission.
  • Do not staple check/money order to checklist.

Send hard copy documents to:

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


Questions:

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210
Addy@thekf.org


Documents accepted via USPS include: 

Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, university admission letters, Financial Information Forms, $35 application fee and checklist.  


Documents accepted via e-mail include: 

Letters of Recommendation, university admission letters, the Financial Information Form, proof of Polish heritage; CVs. 


Deadline for applications and supporting materials: January 22 

Decision letters are sent in May.
 
Changes in subject area which are made following scholarship notification must be communicated to the Kosciuszko Foundation Grants Department and may result in re-consideration or cancellation of the scholarship award.

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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 size photograph of yourself (head shot).
  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.    ____________________________________________________

WHEN THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS CLOSED SEND AN E-MAIL TO ADDY@THEKF.ORG AND ASK TO BE PLACED ON THE "TUITION SCHOLARSHIP MAILING LIST".  Be sure to include your eligibility, for example, indicate your ethnicity (American citizen of Polish descent/green card holder of Polish descent/American citizen majoring in Polish subject areas), list your current educational level (graduate student and year of studies/undergraduate student and year of studies), and the major that you expect to pursue during  academic year 2018-2019.  Lastly include your city and state of residence.  We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the application period re-opens. 

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