VP Trish: Scholarship Appreciation Event

Teofil Starzynski, a Pittsburgh Doctor of medicine was President from 1912-1952.

Teofil Starzynski, a Pittsburgh Doctor of medicine was President from 1912-1952.

For quite some time, we have discussed having a gathering of scholarship recipients. It sounds like a great idea but logistically, it simply didn’t make sense. Well, the upcoming National Convention is providing the opportunity for us to gather, celebrate and cultivate the Dr. T. A. Starzynski Scholarship Program.

On Friday, July 15, there will be such a gathering at Nest 4 (MR) on the corner of Bendix and Keller Streets. The evening will begin with dinner being served from 7:00-8:30. Tickets are available for the cost of $25 per person which includes dinner and an evening of fun! (Winner need not be present.) Nest 4 will provide refreshments for a minimal cost. Vegas games will begin at 7:30.

Bus transportation from the hotel begins at 6:30.

This sounds like a perfect evening to me. One gets to support the Scholarship Program, possibly win a bit, socialize with Members, and support the local Nest! What could be better!?!

Show your alumni status proudly; wear some type of garment from your college. It may be a shirt, hat, cheerleading outfit, football uniform, wrestling singlet, or bring your pom-poms.

All are invited! This event is open to everyone, not just Convention Delegates. It would be nice to see former recipients attend.

The first grant of the scholarship program was issued in 1962 to James Sopata of Nest 8, Pittsburgh and Joanne Zielski of Nest 401 Enfield, Conn.; each received $250! Since that time, the PFA has awarded over $720,500 to more than 11,000 Falcon Members!

Chairing the Scholarship Committees is something I enjoy and embrace. There have been many improvements made to the program. There are now three categories-Achievement receives $1,500, Involvement receives $1,000 and General receives $750. The Mary Kus grant of $3,000 is chosen from the Achievement Category. The deadline is February 15 of each year; the application is available online the beginning of December.

Our website has a list of all recipients, take a look!

As always, if interested in making a donation, please send your check to my attention to: Polish Falcons of America, 381 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The program is funded exclusively from donations. We need a few more Genevieves, Pats and Matthews!

Looking forward to seeing you in South Bend!

Czolem!

Nest 104 announces 2015 scholarship recipient

The eleventh Annual Nest 104 Scholarship has been awarded. On Nest 104 Member was awarded $2,000 toward her degree program studies. Nest 104 dues paid Members, as well as Good Standing Members of the District I Nest, are eligible to apply for the annual awards.

Cassandra Guderski

Cassandra-Guderski

A May 2015 graduate of Pacific Grove (CA) High School, Cassie will commence her studies at Humboldt State (CA) University in the fall, majoring in anthropology. A four-year member of her high school volleyball team, she was a three-year volunteer at AFRP (Animal Friends Rescue Project), a local animal rescue and adoption center in Pacific Grove.

Cassie also volunteered with TASK, a group that collected student and teacher supplies and donations, and distributed them at various orphanages and schools in Nicaragua. Upon completion of her degree, she intends to study phlebotomy and become a certified phlebotomist. Thereafter, she plans to spend two to four years in the Peace Corps, before commencing her career as a hospital phlebotomist.

Nest 104 congratulates our 2015 Scholarship winner. Her academic and extracurricular achievements are exemplary. We take pride in her accomplishments and wish her every academic and career success.

Czolem!
Stan Tafil, Pres.
On behalf of Nest 104 Scholarship Committee

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarships for Study in Poland

The Kosciuszko Foundation is accepting applications for summer study programs at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn college credit while studying language and courses such as history, literature, and contemporary Poland.

Students of Polish descent have the opportunity to apply for funding to attend a 3-week program at the Jagiellonian University via the Foundation’ s Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the program and have a high school diploma. Undergraduate students are also eligible. Two letters of recommendation, transcripts showing a minimum GPA of 3.0, an essay, and financial need are part of the requirements for scholarship funding.

Three-week classes begin in July and in August. Programs include language classes, afternoon classes on Polish history, workshops, Polish traditions, 3 meals a day, a shared room, and sightseeing on weekends. Singles rooms are available. Airfare is at the student’s expense.

Additional details regarding how to apply for a scholarship and further details regarding courses may be found at www.thekf.org/kf/programs/study/.

Click here to download an informational flyer.

PFA Scholarships

It’s time to apply for scholarships!

The deadline for submitting applications for the Dr. T.A. Starzynski is February 15. The deadline for Richard C. Gorecki is April 15, and the deadline for the Nest 92 Non-Traditional is June 15. For additional information, visit http://polishfalcons.org/scholarship or contact Trish Del Busse at 800-535-2071 or vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Nest 104 announces 2014 scholarship recipients

The tenth annual Nest 104 Scholarships have been awarded. Three scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, have been distributed to Nest 104 Members. Please note that Nest 104 dues-paid ($10 per year) Members in good standing, as well as good standing Members of other District I Nests, are eligible apply for the annual awards.

Victoria Pietrucha, Nest 104
Pietrucha
A cum laude graduate of James Madison (VA) University, Tori is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall (NJ) University. She has completed an internship in speech pathology at a local elementary school and will have two additional internships in hospital settings. She has done volunteer work with children at an orphanage in Nicaragua and is active in the National Student Speech Hearing Language Association, as well as Relay for Life. Upon completion of her studies, Tori will be a speech-language pathologist, focusing on children.

Christie Furman, Nest 104
Furman
Currently a sophomore at Lehigh (PA) University, majoring in Business and Marketing, Christie represented the state of New Jersey at a national business competition (DECA) in California. She served as president of her high school mock trial team and as a delegate for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations competitions. In addition, she was selected to receive gold, silver and bronze Girl Scout awards, has been a volunteer swim instructor at the YWCA, and has implemented a campaign to promote awareness of domestic violence (Shelter Our Sisters). Upon completion of her studies, Christie will pursue a career in marketing.

Pierce Guderski, Nest 104
Guderski
Pierce is a senior at Chapman (CA) University, majoring in Business with a minor in Psychology. A founding member and philanthropy chairman, Pierce serves as Vice President of Programming for the Chapman Colony of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He has worked as a summer intern with the Edward Jones financial advisory firm. Pierce plans to pursue an MBA and hopes to start a sports technology firm.

Nest 104 congratulates the 2014 scholarship winners. They are not only excellent students, but also significant contributors to their local communities and national organizations. We take pride in their accomplishments and wish them every academic and career success.

Czolem!
Stan Tafil, Pres.
On behalf of the Nest 104 Scholarship Committee