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 ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. Funding is for full-time studies. Scholarships are for academic year Fall 2020 - Spring 2021.  

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 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 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 legal 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 for full-time studies only. Only one member per immediate family may receive a tuition scholarship during a given 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.  Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on application completeness, recommendation of teachers and professors, academic excellence, achievements, interests, motivation, the applicant's essay (statement of purpose), 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:

  • A1 & A2 - Scholarship Application and Financial Information Form;
  • B - Statement of Purpose/essay;
  • C - Official Transcripts;
  • D - Two Letters of Recommendation;
  • E - Letter of Admission, if applicable;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Photo;
  • H - Curriculum Vitae;
  • I - $35 non-refundable application fee and Checklist.

Notes Regarding Supporting Documents:  

  • A1 -  Apply at the "Click Here to Apply" button found below.  
  • A2 - Submit a completed Financial Information Form (Pages 1 and 2).  Candidates entering graduate and doctoral programs please include budgetary figures for the top three schools you are most likely to attend (Page 2).  
  • B - Submit a Statement of Purpose.  Discuss your major and your academic and career goals. Your statement will be three pages long, double spaced.  Include your full name, "TU21" and page numbers on  each page of your essay; 
  • C - Submit official transcripts for the last three full years of academic work through the most recent summer semester; 
  • D - Submit two letters of recommendation.  Letters may be from professors with whom you have studied recently.  Letters must be written on university letterhead and  sent by professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation via USPS or via e-mail. Please ask professors to save their recommendation letters as TU21-Candidate's Last name-First name-LOR-Prof's Last name;  
  • E - Submit a copy of your letter of admission.  This requirement is only for students who are entering graduate programs or beginning doctoral programs in academic year Fall 2019/Spring 2020.   Admission letters are accepted through May 31st. Early submissions are appreciated. 
  • F - 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 the documents in chronological order.  Save all your documents to one file using the file naming convention listed below.  One line of descent is sufficient 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. 
  • G - Submit a photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter. A passport-style photo is suggested (2 inches x 2 inches);  
  • H - Submit your Curriculum Vitae. Include awards, achievements, participation in clubs, activities, Polish clubs, etc.
  •  ISubmit the $35 non-refundable application fee together with the Checklist to the KF via USPS.  Check and money orders made payable to the Kosciuszko Foundation are the only acceptable forms of payment. 

Notes for students who wish to reapply for scholarship funding:

  • Students who are re-applying for scholarship funding will be competing against a new pool of candidates.  Students who are reapplying must update all items except proof of Polish heritage - please upload a document indicating the academic year for which you applied previously - we will carry over your proof of ancestry file to your Fall 2020/Spring 2021 file.  A) Update your application and financial information form, B) update your Statement of Purpose to reflect your progress, recent activities such as internships, volunteer programs and or new developments/ directions in your studies, C) Official Transcripts showing grades for the interim period, D) two letters of recommendation, E) Letter of Admission, if applicable, G) photo, H) updated C.V. and I) application fee and checklist. 

Additional Notes:

  • Prepare your supporting documents prior to applying on-line (essay, proof of ancestry, photo, CV).  Permanent residents and naturalized citizens are advised to have green card numbers and Naturalization certificate numbers on hand when applying.
  • Save all documents using the following file naming convention: TU21-Your last name-Your first name-description of item.  Descriptions may include FIF  (financial information form), Financial info, EssayAdmission-UIC (include university initials), Heritage,  AncestryPhotoCV and similar descriptive terms.  Ask professors and teachers to save their recommendation letters as TU21-Candidate's Last name-First name-LOR-Prof's Last name.   
  •  Set aside enough time to complete the on-line form in one session.  You will not be able to save your answers and return to complete the form at a later time. 
  • Applications are reviewed for completeness in the order received.  If questions arise regarding your submission, we will contact you via e-mail.  Please respond promptly. 
  • If you have questions about the application, requirements or the application procedure, please call Addy at (212) 734-2130 ext 412.
  • If you experience technical issues with submitting your on-line application, please send a detailed e-mail regarding the issue you are experiencing or call (212) 734-2130 ext 412 during business hours.
  • The Foundation cannot confirm receipt of materials by phone.  If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of supporting materials include a self addressed stamped postcard with your hard copy supporting materials.  On the reverse side of the postcard  provide an itemized list for our confirmation.   We will sign and return the postcard to you with checked off items when all your materials have been received. 
  • Apply only once - we will also consider you for any KF tuition scholarship for which you qualify. 
  • Do not staple check/money order to checklist.
Documents to submit on-line: 
A1- Application form
B- Personal Statement/Essay
F- Proof of Polish descent
G- Photo
H- Curriculum Vitae 

Documents to submit via USPS or e-mail:
A2- Financial Information Form
C- Official Transcripts
D- Letters of Recommendation
E- Admission letters 
I- $35 application fee and checklist 
 
Submit hard copy materials to:
Grants Department
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065


Questions:  Addy (212) 734-2130 ext. 412

E-mail: Addy@thekf.org

Application Deadline :  January 22

Scholarship Notification Letters :  June 

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.  Changes 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.
 

Please send changes in address and other contact information via e-mail to Addy@thekf.org

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THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS OPEN 

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A green check mark within a circle indicates that your application has been successfully submitted. 

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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.  Also: 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 list for one year.  Notification will be sent when the new application has posted and the scholarship application period has begun.  Please add Addy@thekf.org 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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