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Polish Scholarship Fund Expands Eligibility for 2005

The Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc., proudly announces that students of Polish descent from Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties are now eligible to receive scholarships from the organization.

For the past 50 years, only students of Polish descent from Onondaga County have been eligible to receive scholarship awards from the organization.

“As the annual Polish Festival has grown over the last few years into its new home in Clinton Square, so has the number of people attending the festival from outside of Onondaga County,” noted Polish Festival Director Tad Szyszka. “In an effort to reach out to students throughout all of Central New York, the directors of the Polish Scholarship Fund have voted to expand eligibility to students in the surrounding counties in 2005.”

Last year, more than 25,000 people attended the three-day Polish Festival. The Polish Scholarship Fund awarded $11,900 through its 10 general scholarships, two Post-Standard Scholarships, and Miss Polonia scholarships.

To receive a general scholarship in 2005, students must:

  • Be of Polish ancestry
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university or training school as a full-time student
  • Have resided in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, or Oswego County for a minimum of two years
  • Submit an application by April 15, 2005 to: Polish Scholarship Selection Committee, 229 Richmond Ave., Syracuse, NY 13041.

The Polish Scholarship Fund invites the public to attend the 51st annual Polish Festival, June 10-12, in Syracuse’s Clinton Square. Through promoting cultural events that celebrate Polish and Polish-American culture, the PSF funds its scholarship programs.
Each general scholarship is worth $1,000, and all PSF scholarship applications are available to download at Applications are also available at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Rectory, 927 Park Ave., The Syracuse Polish Community Home, 915 Park Ave., and at the Knights of Columbus, 135 State Fair Blvd.

The Polish Scholarship Fund is a non-profit, 501c-3 tax-exempt organization, in its 51st year of helping to educate students in Central New York. Over the past 50 years, the PSF has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships.

For more information, please contact Polish Festival Chairman Tad Szyszka at (315) 687-1076, or e-mail to:


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