Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs

Program Description

The Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Scholarship is awarded to a qualified resident of Massachusetts for second, third or fourth year of undergraduate studies.  A scholarship in the amount of $1,250 will be awarded on a competitive basis.  The scholarship is only for full time studies in the United States.   

This scholarship is non-renewable; a candidate may receive this scholarship only once.

Eligibility

  • Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States;
  • must be of Polish descent; 
  • must be a resident of Massachusetts; 
  • a college freshman, sophomore or junior at the time of application;
  • with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  

Qualified residents of New England will be considered if no applicants from Massachusetts apply.

Only one member per immediate family may receive a Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Scholarship during a given academic year.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on application completeness, the recommendations of  professors and teachers, 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 - Official Transcripts
  • D - Two Letters of Recommendation
  • E - Proof of Polish Ancestry
  • F - Photo
  • G - Curriculum Vitae
  • H -  $35 non-refundable application fee with Checklist

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 three pages long, double spaced.  Include your full name, MF23 and page numbers on each page of your statement.  
  • C - Submit official transcripts of studies. 3 academic years are required (through Summer 2021), for example, a current college junior is required to submit official transcripts for their freshman and sophomore years plus senior year of high school (2 years 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.  
  • D - 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 MF23-Candidate's Last Name-First Name-LOR-Prof's Last name;
  • E - 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;
  • F - Submit a photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication in the Kosciuszko Foundation's Newsletter.  A passport style photo (headshot) is suggested; 
  • G - Submit your Curriculum Vitae.  Include awards, achievements, participation in clubs, activities, Polish clubs, etc.;
  • H - Submit 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.

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 : MF23-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
Documents accepted via USPS: 
H- $35 application fee and checklist
 
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: Addy  (212) 734-2130 ext. 412

E-mail:   [email protected]

Application Deadline for academic year Fall 2021/Spring 2022:  

CLOSED - will reopen in the Fall for scholarships towards academic year Fall 2022/Spring 2023

 

Scholarship Notification Letters for academic year Fall 2021/Spring 2022:   will be sent in June 2021


NOTE FOR CURRENT CANDIDATES: Decision letters will be sent  in June.  If you have moved/changed your address since submitting your application form, Submit a Change of Address Form by May 31st to [email protected]
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THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS CLOSED -

The next opportunity to apply will be for academic year Fall 2022/Spring 2023 - on-line applications will be available in the Fall 2021

Application Form (A1): 

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


Financial Information Form (A2) - will be available in the Fall 

Checklist (H) - will be available in the Fall 

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When the application period is closed e-mail us and ask to be added to the Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs Scholarship (MFPWC Scholarship) mailing list.  Include information that clearly illustrates your  eligibility for this scholarship, for example: I am an American of Polish descent and a resident of Boston, MA.  I am currently an undergraduate junior with a GPA of 3.2. 

We will add your e-mail address to our notification list for one year.  Notification will be sent when the new application has posted and the scholarship application period has begun.  Please add [email protected] 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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