Scholarship Information

Polanki’s annual College Achievement Awards recognize students who have demonstrated high achievement and who are committed to understanding, preserving, or disseminating Polish culture and or language.

Scholarship criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Junior, senior or graduate status during the applicable academic year in an accredited degree program
  • Wisconsin resident OR attending a Wisconsin college or university
  • Of Polish ancestry OR have studied Polish language, history, society, or culture OR significantly engaged in Polish culture
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale preferred
  • Applicants are limited to no more than two awards in their academic career.

Past recipients may reapply:

  • As a graduate student if they previously received an award as an undergraduate
  • If they completed the course of study for which they previously received an award and are pursuing a new degree in another accredited degree program Awards:

The following awards may be offered in amounts ranging from $750 to $2000:

  • Stanley F. and Helen Balcerzak Award for an outstanding student in any field
  • Copernicus Award for an outstanding student in a science field
  • Robert J. Leonard Memorial Award for a student engaged in dance or theater
  • Harriet Gostomski Memorial Award for a UW-Milwaukee student
  • Michael and Maria Laskowski Memorial Award for a graduate student or a senior intending to attend graduate school at Marquette University (excluding the schools of dentistry and law). Marquette University matches the award with a tuition waiver.
  • Arthur B. Gurda Memorial Award, George Niemczycki Memorial Award and other specially-funded memorial awards for students in any field

NOTE: All applicants are automatically considered for all awards for which they meet the qualifications.