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Pulaski Scholarship Challenge

An extremely generous grant from the Conrad R. Walas family, which was inspired by the fervent appeal at an Annual Convention of the American Council of Polish Culture by Mark F. Brzezinski, Esq. to all Polonia for the financial support of young Polish Americans pursuing higher education gave birth to the ACPC's Pulaski Scholarships for Advanced Studies. Since that time students in graduate studies have besieged the Council for help in meeting the financial challenges they face today. Happily, the Council was able to dole out five $5,000 scholarships from the Endowment Fund's income to very worthy students who have not only gone on to successful careers but in a good many cases are also actively participating in Polonian activities at creative levels.

Unfortunately, the Pulaski Endowment Fund is still recovering from the recent economic troubles and the ACPC was able to offer only one $5,000 grant last year and is faced with being limited to only one grant for the Pulaski Scholarship in 2011. We are hopeful, however, that Mr. Mark Brzezinski may once again inspire Polonia groups and individuals to contribute to the Fund so that we can offer at least two $5,000 scholarships this coming year.

The following is a copy of the signed statement, Mr. Brzezinski submitted to ACPC, which we are very hopeful will inspire many groups and individuals to offer their support. Donations (ACPC is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) should be made out to "Pulaski Scholarship Endowment Fund" and mailed to:

Mr. Gregory Biestek, Treasurer
American Council for Polish Culture
817 Berkshire
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

Inquiries or for further information, please contact Mr. Marion Winters, Chairman Pulaski Scholarships for Advanced Studies, at 508-919-0160 or mvwinters@charter.net

From: Mark F. Brzezinski, Esq.

October 8, 2010

To Whom it May Concern:

In Savannah, Georgia, ten years ago, the Conrad R. Walas family made a terrific act of generosity by granting the Pulaski Scholarship Endowment Fund. Since that time, the Pulaski Scholarship has financially supported the education of a number of young Polish Americans pursuing higher education. Nothing is a better investment in our community's future than the education of young people and the Walas family understood the financial challenges young Polish Americans arī under by financing this Scholarship.

The Pulaski Scholarship Fund is still recovering from the recent economic troubles. Because the Pulaski Scholarship Committee does not want to use money from the capital amount, it will be possible to give only one $5,000 Scholarship in the coming year.

But the Treasurer of the Pulaski Scholarship Committee, Greg Biestek, has offered $500 and issued a challenge that we match and exceed his contribution to fund at least one more Pulaski Scholarship in 2011. I urge you to consider the future of this Scholarship, and the challenges young people face, especially in these days of high expenses and tight money. We need your help and we need you to dig deep in your pockets to fund at least a second Pulaski Scholarship in 2011.

I was fortunate enough to be present at the creation of the Pulaski Scholarship Fund granted by the Conrad Walas family. We owe the family no less and the legacy of Kasimir Pulaski drives us to figure out ways to support this Scholarship.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Brzezinski