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Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Poles migrated America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Poles were born in America in the late 1900’s, and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish have always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

We celebrate Polish American Heritage Month in October, but it wasn’t always that way. Congress first deemed August as Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. Later, it moved to October to commemorate the first Polish settlers — as well as the deaths of General Kazimierz Pułaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko (military leaders who fought in the American Revolution). The switch also enabled schools to participate in celebrations. Whether you’re Polish American or not, it’s important to mark the culture of a people who helped shape this country.


The 2019 PACT/TPA Scholarship winners have been chosen. We extend our congratulations to this year’s winners.

The 2019 Scholarship winners are:LMueller Photo

Lauren Mueller is a sophomore at Owens Community College and is pursuing a Registered Nurse designation with an interest in cardiac nursing. Lauren is a Perrysburg High School graduate where she was involved in the theatre department.  Her hobbies include cooking, baking, reading and traveling.

Colton Powaski Photo

Colton Powaski, who recently graduated from Northview High School, plans to attend Miami University in the fall.  While at Northview, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  He obtained Varsity Letters in football and track and was on the Senior All-Academic Team football and track & field.  He also played Northview baseball and participated in Speech and Debate.  At Miami, he is planning a double major in International Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.

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Joseph “J. T.”  Puszczewicz is a Junior at Blissfield High School.  He was on the Principal’s Honor Roll with all A’s in 2017-2019 and a National Honor Society member in 2019.  He was Student Council Class Vice President 2016-2017.  J.T. is also a Life Scout with Blissfield Boy Scouts Troop 708 with a goal of becoming an Eagle Scout this summer.

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Morgan Simon is a freshman at Otsego High School.  She is a National Junior Honor Society member and was on the Otsego High School Varsity Cheerleader Team and a Historian for her Wood County 4H Club.  Morgan is the Wood County Junior Livestock Showman Champion for Beef Cattle (2015-2018).


PACT/ TPA SCHOLARSHIPS

        Applications being accepted through May 31, 2019 

Scholarships to be awarded in June 2019.

Award

 Scholarship(s) will be awarded based on an evaluation of applications received by the deadline. Scholarships will be made payable by check to the educational institution where the recipient is registered to attend.  The scholarship is to assist in paying the expenses of education including tuition, general fees, books and living expenses.  Recipients will be selected by members of PACT Board of Directors and Toledo Poznan Alliance Board of Trustees.

 Requirements
1.)   Former scholarship winners are not eligible to receive another scholarship in the same category. (i.e., a high school winner cannot receive another scholarship competing in the high school category. However, the student could re-apply and could win while attending college)
2.)  If a public high school student is awarded a scholarship, funds will be placed in escrow until the student attends college.

3.)  Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • A high school or undergraduate college student enrolled on a full time basis.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to children or grandchildren of PACT and/or TPA members in good standing.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to students who demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities or service to the community.
  • Preferential consideration will be given to students with outstanding academic credentials based on grades received.

4.)   Applicants are required to submit an essay at the time of application.  Essay requirements are as follows:


High School Category (Grades 8-12)

  • Topic: “What is the meaning of your Polish-American heritage?”

College Category (Undergraduate Students)

  • Topic: “What individual or event associated with Polish or Polish-American culture has influenced you, your community or country the most. Why?

Both High School and College Students

  • Must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Must be double-spaced, correct spelling and follow rules of grammar.
  • Not to exceed 500 words in length.

Submission

Applicants are required to complete a Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay by May 31, 2019 to:  Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT), P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH 43560



POLISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Poles migrated America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Poles were born in America in the late 1900’s, and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish have always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #PolishAmericanHeritageMonth to post on social media. Consider having a real celebration with friends or family this year, especially if you even have a touch of Pole in your heritage. Here are some things you can do, Polish or not, to celebrate this month and learn some more about this culture.

  1. Attend a Polish mass.
  2. Learn some Polish dances (the polka is fun and very popular!)
  3. Do some research about Polish literature and culture. Educating yourself on history always helps broaden your mind.
  4. Find out if you have any Polish ancestors.
  5. Cook! Try making some pierogi’s or kielbasa. You won’t be disappointed. (Also, October 8th is National Pierogi Day, so there’s an added incentive.)
HISTORY

Michael Blichasz, the President of the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia, organized the first Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. It was celebrated in August. House Joint Resolution 577 passed in 1984, making August Polish American Heritage Month. In 1986 the observation was moved to October.


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pokertournament5 Jason Pryba, 1st Place winner of $1,000.

Winners of the 2017-2018 Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament: John Ringger, Cindy Aldrich, Ed Darmofal, Joe Shay, Jeremy Pryba, Lana Angelotti, and rodney Barnett.John Ringer, Cindy Aldrich, Ed Darmofal, Jason Pryba, Joe Shay, Lana Angelotti and Rodney Barnett; all cash winners!

 

February was the last month of PACT’s first Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.  Winners in 1st through 7th place recieved cash awards.  Jason Pryba was the grand prize winner of $1,000.  Next year’s tournament will start after the May Polish-American Festival.  PACT will notify everyone of the starting date for the 2018-2019 tournament on our facebook page and through emails.


The Polish American Community of Toledo and Toledo Poznan Alliance are proud to announce the 2017 Scholarship winners.  Each winner will receive $1,000.00 toward their college tuition.

This year’s winners are:

Alex Zuchowski (424x527)

Alexander Zuchowski.  Alex will be a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati this fall. Alex is the 2017 recipient of an Engineering and Applied Sciences Freshman Scholastic Award and the 2017 President’s award for Educational Excellence.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Marching and Concert Band at the University.  Alex dances in the famous Echoes of Poland dance group.

Chase Mackiewicz (4x5

 

Chase Mackiewicz.  Chase will be a sophomore at Perrysburg High School this year.  He is on the honor roll and a recipient of a Toledo Youth Orchestra Scholarship.  He also participates on the Perrysburg H.S. Track Team.  He is the 5th generation Mackiewicz to play in the fabulous Toledo based Polish American Concert band (trumpet).

Maria Nitkiewicz 4.3x5.3)

Marie Nitkiewicz.  Marie attends Bowling Green State University, studying to be a high school history teacher.  She is a multiple Americanism and Government Test Winner (2014 and 2015), a member of Future Teachers of America (2014 and 2015) and active in the Education Learning Community (2016-2017).

Nate Oblizajek 4.3x5.8)

Nathan Oblizajek.  Nathan will be a sophomore at Ohio Northern University in the Pharmacy Doctorate Program.  He is a National Honor Society Member (2014-2016), a Bishop’s Cross Recipient (2016) and has received an outstanding Science Student Award (2016).  He regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.