Category Archives: Education

2020-2021 PRCUA Scholarship Applications Now Available

The PRCUA acknowledges that continuing one’s education is important to get ahead in life, and so has established the Education Scholarship Program for eligible students. PRCUA Scholarships will be awarded with the purpose of providing financial assistance to students to earn undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees. We encourage everyone to take advantage of our scholarships.  Scholarships from the PRCUA are but one of its many member benefits.

Get more PRCUA scholarship information at

New England Fraternal Alliance 2020 Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded by the New England Fraternal Alliance to students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year in college or in graduate school. To be eligible, an applicant must be a New England resident and a member (or son/daughter of a member) of a fraternal benefit society that holds a membership in the New England Fraternal Alliance, such as the PRCUA.

Click HERE to learn more about eligibility and the application process.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Just a Hundred Days to Finish Polish School!

537 graduates of Polish language schools in the Chicagoland area gathered on January 25th during the traditional Studniówka Ball, organized this year at the Drury Lane Banquet Hall by St. Ferdinand Polish Catholic School. The Studniówka, or “Hundred Days” Ball, takes place 100 days prior to the end of the students’ final year of Polish school and is a formal marking of this final period of their Polish language education. This year, the PRCUA was represented at the Studniówka by Secretary-Treasurer Agnieszka Bastrzyk, who presented monetary awards to several graduates. The lucky raffle winners were Karolina Gal of the St. John Paul II Polish School and Kacper Bakun of the St. Jacob Catholic Polish Language School.

One of the highlights of the elegant evening was the dancing of the Polonaise, performed by the graduates of St. Ferdinand’s Polish School and choreographed by Jacklyn Krysinski, dance instructor of the PRCUA Polonia Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. This same energetic group also presented an upbeat swing dance during the artistic segment of the event.

The PRCUA wishes to congratulate the graduates of all the participating Polish language schools, but particularly those of our PRCUA-sponsored schools: St. John Paul II Polish School, Maria Konopnicka Polish School and Jan Karski Polish School.

Graduates: You are our pride and our future! We wish you many successes! We hope you will return and support your schools and Polonian organizations with your talents and fresh ideas!

We welcome a new school to the PRCUA Family!

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America warmly welcomes a new Polish educational institution – the Zbigniew Herbert School of Polish Language and Culture – to the organization.

The Herbert School is located in Palos Heights, IL in the Chicago Christian High School building. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. The Principal of the school is Irena Woźniak, whom we thank for the enthusiasm and excellent cooperation.

The Herbert School implements the educational program based on the Core Curriculum for Students Studying Polish Abroad issued by the Ministry of National Education in 2010. The school also prepares for the Polish language exam. The certificate of Polish as a foreign language is the only state document certifying knowledge of the Polish language. The school offers religious education in Polish and also provides additional classes, after school activities, and interest groups.

The school’s patron is Zbigniew Bolesław Ryszard Herbert (born on October 29, 1924 in Lviv, died on July 28, 1998 in Warsaw) – a Polish poet, essayist, playwright, creator of the famous poetry series “Mr. Cogito,” author of radio plays. An economist, lawyer and philosopher by profession, he was also granted Knight of the Order of the White Eagle.

His books have been translated into 38 languages. He was a well-known and esteemed poet in Poland and abroad and winner of over twenty literary awards.

At the end of 2019, the Herbert School became partially funded for its activities by the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, with plans for full funding. Forty students have already joined the PRCUA family. Each of them received a discount in tuition fees from the school.

On Saturday, December 7, PRCUA Marketing Director Elżbieta Sawczuk had the honor of participating in the school’s “Pasowanie na ucznia” ceremony, during which the first grade students took the traditional oath as officially becoming students. Congratulations to all first graders, wishing them the best grades and joy every day at the Polish School.

We welcome all to the PRCUA and encourage students, parents and teachers to familiarize themselves with the extensive PRCUALife financial products portfolio, as well as with a number of additional member benefits on the website or by calling (800) 772 8632.

Time to register students for the 2019-2020 school year!

23 PRCUA Polish language schools and dance groups in four states are waiting for you! Enrollment and contact information below.


Echoes of Poland Folk Song & Dance Ensemble, Inc.

Age: 5 +

Children Ensemble

Classes begin on September 3

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at PRCUA Hall, 5255 N. Detroit Ave, Toledo OH

Teen and adult classes begin on September 5 and will be held at 1700 N. Reynolds, Toledo OH

Teen classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; adult classes from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

For more information Contact Paulina Tul Ortyl, Director, at 419-531-8658.

Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School

For information contact: Ewa D. Wiechec, Director, at 440-537-1485.


Polonia Ensemble

For information contact: Anna Krysinski, Director, at 847-529-2555 or

Polska Szkoła im. Jana Karskiego

Registration on Saturday, August 17 & 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. in school’s office located atr 7025 W. 126th St., Palos Hills, IL.

Information: 708-289-864,,

Wesoły Lud Polish Folk Dance Co., Inc.

For information contact: Richard Jaminski, Director/Choreographer, at 708-403-5718/708-288-7162 or

Polska Szkoła im. Marii Konopnickiej

Registration and sale of books and school materials on Tuesday, August 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Parish, 8840 S. Ridgeland Ave,. Oak Lawn, IL.

Additional information: 708-990-0749.

St. John Paul II Polish School and Polanie Dancers

Open House and registration on Sunday, August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Classes at elementary and high school levels will he beld on Fridays or Saturdays in the school building at 608 Sobieski St., Lemont IL. The school offers: Polish language, history, geography, tradition, and religion classes; incorporated St. John Paul II teachings and history; field trips and art classes; Polish language lessons for adults; credit hours for some colleges; Polanie folk dance group.

Information: 630-669-9058 / 630-669-9700;;           

Southwest Center of Polish Dancing

For information contact: Anna Kraszewski, Managing Director, at or 773-972-0012.


St. Raphael Kalinowski Polish School and Mała Polska Dancers

The school offers: Kindergarten (starting at 3 years old); Grades 1-8 (excluding 7th); first year of high school.

Registration: August 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

All classes begin Saturday, September 7 at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at 1628 Ridge Rd., Munster, IN.

Contact: Margaret Blachut at 219-613-5148.


Rogalin Dance Troupe

Ages: 3-18.

Registration will be held during classes.

Clasees meet Tuesday evenings beginning September 10 at PRCUA #162 Hall, 1430 Oak Street, Wyandotte, MI.

Contact Director Lisa Brandt: 734-775-7987 or

Society #162 Gymnastics

For information contact: MaryAnn Davis, Director/Teacher at 734-341-2242.

Gwiazda Dance School

Ages: 3-18

Classes will be held Monday evenings (class time determined by age) beginning September 9 at PLAV Post 10 Hall, Hamtramck, MI.

Contact School Director Jessica Wendt at 313-682-3031 or at for more information.

Opole Dancers

Registration through the end of September

Ages: 2.5 to 17

Classes Begin Tuesday, September 10

Class times vary by age

Classes held at FOP Hall at 11304 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren, MI

Contact Beth Thacker at 586-944-9683 or

Polskie Maki Dance School

Ages: 3 to 17

Registration and the first day of class will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, 29500 Westbrook Ave., Warren,  MI.

Contact: Maria Jalkiewicz at 586-979-5164

Wieliczka Dance Ensemble

Ages: 3 to 18 years old

Registration September 5,at 7:00 p.m. and September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at PLAV Post 16, 25222 W. Warren Rd., Dearborn Hts., MI

Classes meet on Thursdays, beginning September 12 from  6:00 to 9:30 p.m.  dependent on age.

Contact:  Kristi Mihalic 313-805-7729,

Halka Dancers

Ages: 2 1/2 thru high school

Practice on Saturdays at Our Lady Queen of Heaven-Good Shepherd Parish, 8200 Rolyat St, Detroit, MI.

Laura Hejza, Director

Tom Lisiecki, Teacher/Choreographer


Check us out on Facebook—Halka Dancers

Tatry Dancers

Open enrollment through the month of September.  Classes meet at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning September 5, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 26123 McDonald, Dearborn Hts., MI. 

The Tatry Dancers offer dance classes in traditional Polish dance, American Polka, Oberek, Jazz, and modern dance for children ranging in ages from 3 to 18 years old.

For additional information, contact Rose Ann Lackey, Director, at 313-274-0183.

Zajączek Dance Ensemble

Ages: 2.5-18 years old

Classes start Thursday, September 12. Classes held at American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane (14 Mile & Hoover), Sterling Hts., MI and Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Rd,, Sterling Hts., MI, 

Contact: Colleen Bonkowski, Director, at 586-219-1982 or

Zakopane Polish Folk Dance Ensemble

Ages: 18 years old and up

Classes start in September on Wednesdays. Classes held at American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane (14 Mile & Hoover), Sterling Hts., MI and Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Rd,, Sterling Hts., MI, 

Contact:Colleen Bonkowski, Director, at 586-219-1982 or

Malbork Dance Group

For information contact: Jen Macek, Director ,at 269-491-0028 or

PRCUA Back to School 2019/2020 Life Insurance Special


In planning your child’s Polish language education or folk dance activities here in the United States, you may consider choosing one of the PRCUA’s sponsored schools or dance groups. Our organization subsidizes twenty three Polish language and dance schools in four states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Nearly 1,200 children and young adults are taught the Polish language, folk dance, music, culture, history and traditions in these schools. A detailed list of PRCUA schools and dance groups can be found on this webpage under the Fraternal Programs tab. For all of the young members and their parents who decide to become a member of the PRCUA, you will find not only that it offers great financial products (our life insurance portfolio is very competitive and provides a variety of both whole and term plans), but also a vast array of membership benefits. One of them is the school tuition discount. To qualify for this benefit, you need to become a member and register to attend a PRCUA -subsidized Polish language or dance school. You may do so by taking advantage of our newest BACK TO SCHOOL 2019/2020 Life Insurance Special: 5-Year Limited Pay Whole Life Insurance certificate. This offer is available for students up to age 18, builds cash value and is available from August 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019. For more information, please contact your local PRCUA Sales Representative, call the Fraternal Department at 773.782.2636.

How America Pays for College ? Conducted by Ipsos Public 2018 Affairs Sallie Mae’s national study of college students and parents.

America Pays for College 2018 explores how families of undergraduates paid for college in 2017-18—the resources they used, the amounts paid from each source, and the choices they made regarding how to pay for college. Let’s take a look at the most interesting parts of the study.

Paying-for-college decisions

The study shows that families draw on funding resources to varying degrees, building a custom paying-for-college budget that meets their needs and expectations. No single resource is used by all families; in fact, the most prevalent funding sources—parent income, scholarships, and grants—are each used by about 3 in 5 families Parents take the lead in paying-for-college decisions more often than students, but not always. Thirty-nine percent of families say the parents made the decisions about how to pay for college while 24 percent say the student made the decisions. Parents and students shared decision-making in 30 percent of families. Among those who were involved in the decision-making process, 8 in 10 feel confident they made the right financial decisions, with slightly more parents feeling confident (84%) than students (78%). According to How America Pays for College, 2018 Sallie Mae’s national study of college students and parents

Paying for college resources

Families spent an average of $26,458 on an undergraduate education in 2017-18. Income and savings from parents and the student pay nearly half of college costs (47%) with nearly three-quarters of those funds paid by the parents. Thirty-four percent of costs were paid from parents’ income and savings, and another 13 percent of college costs from the student’s income and savings. It’s important to note that parent income plays an outsized role, paying more than half of out-of-pocket funding, while about two-fifths come from a variety of savings sources. As a consequence, families who haven’t saved and who have limited income at the time college comes around may be at a disadvantage. External contributions in the form of scholarships and grants paid 28 percent of costs. Scholarship contributions—which paid 17 percent of college costs—are fifty percent higher than grant contributions, which paid 11 percent of costs. Extended family and friends paid an additional 2 percent of costs. In addition to income and savings contributions, both parents and students cover part of college costs with borrowed money. Parents contribute about 10 percent of costs from funds they borrow while students pay 14 percent from borrowing, primarily student loans.

Scholarships, used by 57 percent of families last year to pay some portion of the college bill, are the single most-used resource to pay for an undergraduate’s education expenses. The average total award among those who used one or more scholarships was $7,760. In total, scholarship funds paid for 17 percent of college costs in 2017-18. Without scholarships, many students would not be able to afford college. Colleges award three times the amount of scholarship money, on average, than other sources combined. Families report Students who attend community college were more likely to make the paying-for-college decisions themselves compared to students enrolled in other school types. Parents with students enrolled in four-year public colleges are more likely to decide without the student’s input than parents whose children are enrolled in other school types. Students who attend private colleges are more likely than those attending public colleges to share decision-making with their parents. The student’s role in payingfor-college decisions differs by the school type they’re attending.

Role of scholarships.

Scholarships, used by 57 percent of families last year to pay some portion of the college bill, are the single most-used resource to pay for an undergraduate’s education expenses. The average total award among those who used one or more scholarships was $7,760. In total, scholarship funds paid for 17 percent of college costs in 2017-18. Without scholarships, many students would not be able to afford college. Colleges award three times the amount of scholarship money, on average, than other sources combined. Families report receiving the following average amount of money from each of these scholarship source types

• Awarded by the college: $6,255

• Awarded by the state/local government: $1,155

Awarded by a community or nonprofit organization, or a company (e.g., a business, employers, charity, club, etc.): $1,116

The average scholarship totals at four-year private colleges ($13,591) are more than twice the amount reported by students who attend four-year public schools ($5,932). In all, two-thirds of families applied for scholarships. About 15 percent of those who applied, however, do not report using any amount to pay for school. One-third of families say they did not apply for any scholarships in 2017-18.

PRCUA 2019-2020 Scholarship information

Current economic conditions in the United States and throughout the world, as well as an ever more competitive job market, have made the need for an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree a virtual necessity for today’s student. At the same time, the higher costs of education pose a serious and challenging barrier to students and their families to bear. The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) recognizes the necessity of assistance for students of the Polish American community and has developed several financial vehicles to aid in the pursuit of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

PRCUA 2019-2020 Scholarship information.

During the 2019-2020 school year, the PRCUA will offer two types of scholarships.  The Education Fund Scholarship is open to all who apply, whereby the Student Scholarship Grant is open to members of the PRCUA.  Students can apply for each scholarship once annually, but they may receive only three (3) yearly scholarships total during their lifetime. Scholarships are specific to the school and educational program named in the application. The deadline for submitting applications is June 1, 2019.

Education Fund Scholarships are awarded to students based on the number of applications submitted and are available to all students, even those who are not members of the PRCUA.

  1. Applicants must have successfully completed their freshman year of undergraduate studies before the deadline for filing an application. An official transcript or other documentation from the applicant’s school must be attached to the completed application form or sent directly by the educational institution to the PRCUA on or before the deadline of June 1st.
  2. Eligible applicants include sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled full-time in undergraduate studies or those students enrolled in graduate or professional degree program. Full-time enrollment shall conform to those guidelines established by the federal financial aid program:  A minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for day students or eight (8) credit hours for evening students. Part-time graduate or professional students are also eligible.
  3. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or 3.5 or better on a 5.0 scale.
  4. All applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The Student Scholarship Grant Program is available to eligible PRCUA members. For the 2019-2020 school year, the PRCUA will award scholarships totaling $25,000, to be broken down as follows:  five (5) scholarships of $2,000, ten (10) scholarships of $1,000 and ten (10) of $500.  These scholarships are open to all current PRCUA members.  Applicants must fulfill all the requirements listed above AND be a member of the PRCUA for a minimum of five (5) years AND have an active policy of a minimum of $5,000 (and must be current with its payments). 

The following options are available to applicants who do NOT fulfill the above five (5) year requirement:

  • Three (3) year membership with the PRCUA holding a $25,000 policy, or
  • Four (4) year membership with the PRCUA holding a $15,000 policy.

Note:  Applicants must have active policies and be current with their payments for five (5) years after receipt of the final scholarship.

Selection of award amounts and recipients will be made by an independent committee of jurors.  For both scholarships, awards will be granted to applicants based on the highest number of points earned, including an essay (in English).

For Student Scholarship Grants, the question this year is:

Tell us about the experiences of a family member during World War II and how these experiences affected or influenced your family. 

Essays should be limited to 500 words (maximum).

For Education Fund Scholarships, the question this year is:

Why and how is budgeting and financial planning important for your future and how does having a life insurance policy (or lack thereof) influence your family’s financial situation?  Essays should be limited to 500 words (maximum).

The PRCUA acknowledges that continuing one’s education is important to get ahead in life.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to take advantage of our scholarships.  Scholarships from the PRCUA are but one of its many member benefits.

For more information and applications, please visit:

Welcome Jan Karski Polish School!

Jan Karski Polish School is located in Palos Heights, IL, adjacent to St. Alexander Catholic Church. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Polish school program includes education in Polish language from kindergarten to high school, religious education in the Polish language, along with First Communion and Confirmation classes, classrooms adapted to the age of students, a great staff of experienced Polonian teachers, and preparation for the certification exam Seal of Biliteracy. The patron of the school, Jan Karski, was a Polish World War II resistance-movement soldier, and later a professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C where he lectured international relations and the theory of communism for forty years. Jan Karski was also the author of several books. The publication about the activity of the Polish underground state (“Story of a Secret State”), published in 1944 in the US soon became a bestseller and has been translated into many languages. At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Jan Karski Polish School became partially subsidized by the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America with intentions of full subsidy in the coming years.