Tuition Scholarship Program

Program Description

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate level studies, such as masters and Ph.D. studies,  at colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000.  Funding is only for full-time studies in the United States and English Schools of Medicine in Poland.  

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

  • law and engineering studies at DePaul University and for studies at non-public colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; 
  • residents of Amsterdam, NY; 
  • residents of the Chicago, IL area for studies towards MD, DO, DDS, DDM, DVM degrees (Polish American Medical Society - Chicago);
  • residents of Chicopee, MA; 
  • residents of New Hampshire;
  • residents of Connecticut, first preference for residents of Fairfield and New Haven counties;
  • students who evidence leadership, excellent written and verbal communication skills and participate 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 engineering and medical sciences; 
  • 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.


  • Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States
  • must be of Polish descent
  • graduate level studies (Masters, Ph.D.) 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Only one member per immediate family may receive a tuition scholarship during a given academic year. Awards are limited to two tuition scholarships per individual during the period of his/her studies.  Applicants may re-apply for funding, however, scholarship renewals are not guaranteed.  

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on application completeness, recommendation of teachers and professors, academic excellence and achievements, applicant's interests, motivation, the applicant's essay, involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration.

Kosciuszko Foundation scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Application Procedure

A complete application includes the following materials: 

  • A - Scholarship Application (A1) and Financial Information Form (A2)
  • B - Statement of Purpose/Essay
  • C - Letter of Admission/Acceptance, if applicable 
  • D - Proof of Polish Ancestry
  • E - Photo 
  • F - Curriculum Vitae
  • G - Official Transcripts
  • H- Two Letters of Recommendation
  • I - $40 non-refundable application fee 

Notes Regarding Supporting Documents:

  • A - See the Click Here to Apply button below for application forms.  Submit a completed Financial Information Form (Pages 1 and 2). 
  • B - Submit a Statement of Purpose.  In your statement of purpose discuss your major, relevant academic and extracurricular activities as well as your short and long term goals.  Your statement will be up  three pages long, double spaced.  Include your full name and page numbers on each page of your statement.  
  • C -Submit Letter of Admission/Acceptance. This supporting document is required for students who are beginning their graduate studies during academic year Fall 2023/Spring 2024.  Save your file as "Last name-First name-Admission".  If you have not received an acceptance letter by the Kosciuszko Foundation's scholarship deadline date, please send a copy to  Your admission letters will be accepted through May 31st, 2023.
  • D- Submit proof of Polish ancestry.  Use copies of documents such as birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers and other official documents to trace your lineage to the ancestor who was born in Poland. Highlight relevant names and arrange documents in chronological order.  Save all your documents to one file and save the file according to the file naming convention listed below.  One line of descent is needed to prove Polish descent.  If the above described 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;
  • E - Submit a photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter.  A passport style photo (headshot) is suggested; 
  • F - Submit your Curriculum Vitae.  Include awards, achievements, participation in clubs, activities, Polish clubs, etc.;
  • G - Submit official transcripts of studies. 2 academic years are required; for example, a current college junior is required to submit official transcripts for their sophomore year plus senior year of high school (1 year of undergraduate studies + 1 year of high school studies).  
    • An official transcript is one that is sent by the university or school directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation.  An official transcript is usually printed on official transcript paper and bears the embossed or raised seal of the university or school as well as the date and the registrar's signature.  Official transcripts are usually sent in a sealed envelope and include the registrar's signature stamped across the seal of the envelope.  
    • Transcripts will NOT be accepted from students. 
    • Electronic transcripts are accepted and are considered official if delivered securely through an organization authorized by your university and e-mailed directly to the Foundation.  The Foundation accepts electronic transcripts from Transcript Network by Credentials Solutions; Transcript Services at Parchment; Credentials eScrip-Safe  and from the National Student Clearinghouse.  
  • H - Two confidential letters of recommendation are required.  Letters must be written on university letterhead and come directly from professors or teachers with whom you have studied recently.  The Foundation can accept letters via USPS or e-mail, however, recommendation letters must come directly from the professor or school office.  Recommendation letters will NOT be accepted from the student.  A non-academic letter of recommendation will be accepted as an optional 3rd letter of support.  The optional letter may be submitted by an employer or supervisor, leader or officer of an organization with whom you are affiliated or other person who can speak to relevant activities, abilities and or suitability for scholarship funding.  Recommenders who wish to submit letters via e-mail are asked to save their documents as Candidate's Last Name-First Name-LOR-Prof's Last name;
  • I - Submit the $40 non-refundable application. Checks and money orders made payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation. 

Prepare the following before you apply on-line :

  • your essay, proof of ancestry, photo, CV
  • green card and naturalization certificate numbers (non-citizens) 
  • high school and college start and end dates, degrees/expected degrees, graduation dates/expected dates of graduation

Additional notes : 

  • Use the following file naming conventions for all supporting documents : Your Last Name-Your First Name-Description of File Contents.  Descriptions may include Financial Information Form (FIF); Financial Info; Essay; Heritage; Ancestry;  Photo; CV and similar descriptive terms.  
  • Acceptable file formats for documents include .doc, .docx, and .pdf
  • Acceptable file formats for photos include .png, .jpg, and .jpeg
  • If you feel that you qualify for more than one of our scholarships, include a note with your checklist and inform us of the scholarships for which you'd like to be considered.  Apply only once - we will consider you for any Kosciuszko Foundation scholarships for which you qualify.
  • We will contact you via e-mail or phone if questions arise or if clarification is needed - please respond promptly. 
  • Incomplete application will not receive consideration.  
  • Do not staple check/money order to Checklist.
  • Set aside enough time to complete the on-line application form without taking a break. You will not be able to save your answers and return to complete the form at a later time.  

Documents to submit on-line: 
A1- Application form
B- Personal Statement/Essay
E- Proof of Polish descent
F- Photo
G- Curriculum Vitae 

Documents accepted via USPS and e-mail
(do not duplicate efforts) :
A2- Financial Information Form
C- Official Transcripts
D- Letters of Recommendation
Send hard copy documents to:
Grants Department
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Submit questions and supporting materials to: 


Phone:  (212) 734-2130 ext. 412

Application Deadline for academic year Fall 2023/Spring 2024:  

January 31,2023

Scholarship Notification Letters for academic year Fall 2023/Spring 2024 : will be sent in June 2023

Scholarships are awarded based on the information you supply on your application form.  Candidates are matched with appropriate funds which may specify or limits subject area, state of residence, and or other factors. A change in subject area, university and/or degree sought which are made following scholarship notification must be communicated to the Kosciuszko Foundation Grants Department and may result in re-consideration of your scholarship so that an appropriate fund can be found.  If an appropriate match is not found, cancellation of the scholarship award may result. 



 A green check mark within a circle indicates that your on-line application form (A1) has been successfully submitted. 


When the application period is closed e-mail us and ask to be added to the Tuition Scholarship mailing list.  Include information that clearly  illustrates your eligibility for this scholarship, for example: I am an American citizen of Polish descent and a first year student of law at DePaul University School of Law. I live in Chicago, IL. Example: I am an undergraduate senior expecting to begin graduate level studies in social work in the upcoming Fall semester.  I live in Portsmouth, NH. 

We will add your e-mail address to our Tuition Scholarship notification list for one year.  Notification will be sent when the new application has posted and the scholarship application period has begun.  Please add to your address book/white list/safe senders list to insure that the notification is not directed to your Spam folder. 


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