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Essay competition for US Students

Monday, June 5, 2017

In observance of The Bicentenary of  The Death of Thaddeus Kosciuszko The Kosciuszko Foundation and The Polish American Teachers Association are pleased to announce


Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of  Thaddeus Kosciuszko Fighter for Democracy


Eligibility:  Open to students currently attending high schools in the United States.  Contestants must attest that the essay submitted is their own work. 

Theme/Content:  The Bicentenary of Thaddeus Kosciuszko  commemorates the anniversary of this hero's death on October 15, 1817. This competition gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the life of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the times in which he lived, and the fascinating people with whom he had contacts; to appreciate his accomplishments; and to creatively express your knowledge, thoughts and impressions of your encounter with this great patriot.  You are encouraged to be creative, reflective, insightful, personal, global but at the same time you must maintain historical accuracy in your presentation.  The options are left open for you to develop your individual approach. 

Title:  Each contestant will provide an appropriate title corresponding to the content and development of the essay. 

Length:  Approximately 1,000 words: typewritten and double spaced. 

Resources:  May include material researched in printed matter, interviews, films, tapes, places where he lived and worked, personal experiences with presentations about Thaddeus Kosciuszko etc.  Published resources quoted or used must be identified within the text or in a bibliography and footnoted. 

Competence in the following areas:

  •    knowledge of subject
  •    historical accuracy
  •    thematic coherence
  •    creativity/originality in approach
  •    organization (introduction, development, and conclusion)
  •    grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation



   First Place  $500.

   Second Place $300.

   Third Place $200.

Winners will be notified in September, and will be informed of the date, time, and place of the award ceremony.

Submittal of Entries:  Each essay must have a cover sheet which includes: the participant's name; address; telephone number; e-mail address (if applicable); birth date; age; name of school; present year of study; and name of faculty adviser (if applicable).  Personal identification of the contestant must not appear in the text of the essay nor on any pages of the essay.  The student must include the following statement: "I attest that the essay submitted by me to the Kosciuszko Foundation - PATA Essay Competition is my own work."  The student must sign his or her name and write the date under the statement. 

Entries must be sent to:

        The Kosciuszko Foundation/PATA

        Essay Competition

        15 East 65 Street

        New York, NY 10065-6501

Deadline:  Entries must be postmarked no later than June 5, 2017.

All entries become the property of the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish American Teachers Association. 

If you have more questions, please send them to Bernadette O'Keefe [email protected], or Helen Lesnik Mistak [email protected].

Please attach the cover form to your essay - download pdf version 

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