Our Annual Scholarship Competition to award four $1,000.00 scholarships to area Polish-American students is currently underway. Over the past ten years $32,500 in scholarship money has been awarded to students of Polish-American heritage in the Toledo area.
The competition is divided into two categories — High School and College. Applicants must fill out an application form and submit an essay. The high school category is for students in grades 9 – 12. Their essay topic is “What is the meaning of your Polish American heritage?” The college category is for undergraduate students and the topic of their essay is “What individual or event associated with Polish culture has impacted you, your community, or country the most, and why?
Those interested in applying have until May 31, 2021 to complete a Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- A high school or college student enrolled on a full time basis;
- Preferential consideration will be given to children or grandchildren of PACT 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;
If a public high school student is awarded a scholarship, funds will be placed in escrow until the student attends college.
Former scholarship winners are not eligible to receive another scholarship in the same category. For instance, 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.
Stan Machosky, past President of PACT and the organizer of the annual scholarship competition said “PACT judges will review the essays and vote on which students deserve the scholarships. The winners will have a check sent to the college they attend for tuition, general fees, books and living expenses.”
Money for the scholarships is raised through PACT’s programming.