"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth."... John Fitzgerald Kennedy
About the Polish Heritage Society Scholarship
Founded in the 1970s by the Board of Directors of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia to enhance the study of Polish culture and language among high school and college students, the Society's scholarship went into a period of non-award for over a decade. The original scholarship was funded almost entirely by two prominent women on the original board, Mrs. Wanda Dezwol and Mrs. Lottie Wojeck.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Stephen Medvec proposed to the board that the scholarship be resuscitated as a way to reach out to youth. The board agreed and the scholarship awards were started anew. We award scholarships in May of every year at the Society's annual mass at Czestochowa. Eligible applicants are high-school seniors or such high school graduates already pursuing higher education. These applicants must be either of Polish descent or students pursuing courses in Polish or Slavic language, history or culture in college. There are no citizenship requirements. In addition to an essay describing the student's interests in Polish or Slavic issues, we also require a statement of the student's professional goals.
Among our scholarship winners, one is pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry at Baylor University in Texas. Another obtained a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Poland on the reforms in Polish middle-school and secondary education for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania. Another recipient is pursuing her doctorate in pharmacy at Rutgers University, while another is pursuing a master's degree in Slavic studies at La Salle University. Yet others have completed their studies in engineering or in international business, and they are working in their fields. Other recipients are pursuing their bachelor's degrees in pre-medicine, journalism, and anthropology at various universities throughout the United States.
Martha I. "Marti" Zazyczny
Chair, Scholarship Committee
Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia
Instructions for Scholarship Applicants
Mrs. Martha I. Zazyczny
259 Hanover Road
Upper Providence, PA 19460
2. One-page resume;
3. Letter of recommendation;
Scholarship Recipients: (l. to r.) Abigail Sydnes, Paula Kwasniewski (represented her brother Jakub - not in photo), Monika Swietlik (not in photo), Monika Juzwiak, Lisa Abramski, Marie Hejnosz, President of PHS, Victoria and Grant Opiatowski, Dr. Stephen Medvec, Scholarship chair (see more...)
Scholarship Recipients: (l. to r.)
Victoria Szyszko, Special Education (Central Bucks South H.S.)
Patrick Ozarek, Biomedical Engineering (College of New Jersey)
Barbara Goral, Social Work (Temple University)
Jakub Dziedzic, Psychology (St. Joseph's Preparatory)
Nicole Daukszewicz; Business Studies (New York University)
and former Chair of Scholarship Committee Dr. Stephen Medvec