Polish Scholarship Fund & Syracuse Polish Fest

2016 Syracuse Polish Festival












Picture of Senator   John A.DeFrancisco, PSF President Mirka Banach,Gerald Wysocki, Robert Synakowski with 2016 scholarship recipients.

There are so many behind the scenes to thank for this year’s festival success.

To all volunteers and vendors who were part of the success of the Polish Festival this year: big great huge thank you! Without you, nothing would happen – the best team ever! All of you are very important and appreciated by the PSF board of directors. Thank you also to Ania Bas-Masio for her generous gift to Miss Polonia, to Gerald Wysocki, Charlie Hollis, Syracuse Polish Home, Utica Community Club, and especially to Consulate General RP in New York, and Congressman John Katko and Senator John A. DeFrancisco for their support. Last but not least, a huge thanks to all the festival visitors who come for fun family atmosphere.
– PSF Board of Directors

2016, Honorary Festival Guests :

Congressman John Katko,Senator John A. DeFrancisco ,Eddie Zawadzki,Linda Dracker-Hochenberger Executive Director of the Miss Syracuse Organization, Kristy Lee Witt the Executive Director of Miss Bluebird Organization and Miss Syracuse 2016 Meghan Sinisi.

john katko

2016, Thank you to our  sponsors: 

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland  in New York, Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Gerald Wysocki, Yelp, Welch Allyn , Inc., TJ  Sheehan Distributing, Okocim,  Charles F. Hollis (Holocinski),Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Syracuse, Syracuse Polish Home.

The project has been co-funded as part of the “Polonia”* funds of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abroad.
Projekt jest wspolfinansowany w ramach funduszy polonijnych Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej.

Special thanks to : 

City of Syracuse-Mayor Stephanie Miner, City of Syracuse Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs for their professionalism and cordiality, Syracuse Police Department, Bridge Street News Channel 9 , Time Warner Cable News CNY, Syracuse.com /The Post-Standard, Lechowia Dance PolishCanadian Company From Toronto, Park Outdoor Advertising , Adam Rozum , Claire Enkosky, Utica Polish Home, Vic Zurawski, Events.visitsyracuse.org and ampoleagle.com.


  • PSF Legal Advisor  Russell W. Dombrow :DOMBROW LAW FIRM, PLLC
  • Tom Jurkiewicz
  • Polonia Music :  http://www.poloniamusic.com/PoloniaSyracuse.html

Thanks  go out to the wonderful Polish-American volunteers, which have conquered an incredible amount of work and have created a wonderful  ambiance by helping at the festival.



















2016 Outstanding Fundraising Event” Award

                   Syracuse Polish Festival




Our Mission

The Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc.(PSF) An all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) fundraising organization, the PSF seeks to increase the number and value of its scholarships through organizing public events that promote Polish culture, heritage, history and traditions.

In recent years, we have reached out to the surrounding Syracuse community and Poles throughout the state. The Polish Festival in Syracuse’s Clinton Square has become the largest cultural event in the history of the Polish community in Central New York.

More than 1,023,000 people (Census 2012) in the greater Syracuse Metropolitan Area, students from Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties, are now eligible to receive scholarships. The PSF believes the Polish Festival is the best way to share its culture and heritage in a celebration that both Poles and non-Poles can appreciate. Besides helping fund scholarships, this family-oriented event showcases Polish heritage, culture and the economic potential of the entire Polish community.

The Polish Scholarship Fund has established the Polish Festival as an annual celebration of Polish culture. Through television, radio, press and print promotion and advertising, we want to spread the good word about the festival, Polish culture and educational opportunities.

We believe that helping Polish students succeed and promoting the Polish culture are worthy goals. Thank you for your support in helping us achieve them.

– PSF Board of Directors


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