Scholarships

Education Fund Scholarship

For the 2018-2019 Academic Year

PURPOSE
Current economic conditions in the United States and throughout the world have made the need for an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree a most serious concern for today’s student. The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) recognizes the necessity of financial assistance for students of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

Therefore, PRCUA established the “Education Fund Scholarship Program” for eligible students. The Education Fund Scholarships will be awarded with the purpose of providing financial assistance to students to earn undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees.

SCOPE
The following Education Fund Scholarships are currently available:

ONE-TIME

In Memory of Alexander, Ann, John, and Walter Kushel
$1,500 to be used for the study of Religious Formation

In Memory of Victoria Kushel
$750 to be used for the study of Nursing

In Memory of Dr. Stanley A. Ozog
Available for the study of Osteopathic medicine, Pre-Medicine or Nursing

PERPETUAL

In Memory of Adele Szumilus Sularski
No specific major area of study has been established

Polish Roman Catholic Union of America Education Fund
The Board of Directors establish Scholarships as funds are available.

PRCUA will offer several scholarships that will be awarded once a year to applicants. Scholarships are renewable through the yearly application process. Students may apply each year. However, students may only receive three (3) yearly scholarships total during their lifetime. Only one (1) application per student will be reviewed per year. Scholarships are specific to the school and educational program named in the application.

SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD
Applications must be received by June 1st. Only applications postmarked by June 1st will be eligible. PRCUA will NOT accept late applications. Awards will be announced by August 15th.

AWARD PAYMENT
All awards will be made payable to the institution rather than to the individual. PRCUA accepts no responsibility for decreases of other grant or loan amounts due to the awarding of a PRCUA Scholarship Grant to a student. Students are solely responsible for all aspects of their financial aid status and, thus, should be aware of the consequences of applying for a PRCUA Scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Application must be completed in its entirety. Do not submit resumes. APPLICATIONS MUST BE TYPED, ANY HANDWRITTEN APPLICATIONS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED!
  2. Official transcripts must be supplied by the university registrar. Speak to the registrar’s office for information an obtaining an official document. Transcript must be postmarked on or before June 1st.
  3. Letter of recommendation verifying student’s active celebration of Polish heritage SIGNED BY PERSON REFERRING STUDENT must be included. This letter cannot come from a family member. Unsigned letters will be rejected.
  4. Letter of recommendation verifying student’s active community service SIGNED BY PERSON REFERRING STUDENT must be included. This letter cannot come from a family member. Unsigned letters will be rejected.
  5. 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.
  6. Eligible applicants consist of sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled full-time in undergraduate study 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 eligible.
  7. 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.
  8. All applicants must be either citizens of the United States or permanent residents.

AWARD PROCESS

  1. Selection of award recipients will be made by an appointed committee from the educational/business/legal community independent of the PRCUA. All decisions of the committee will be final.
  2. Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, scholastic average, Polonia involvement, and community service.
  3. Recipients of PRCUA Education Scholarships whom are members in good standing are also eligible to apply for PRCUA educational loans and PRCUA Scholarship Grants.
  4. The PRCUA reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate this program at its discretion without prior notice. Such actions will not affect those awards currently in process.

Submitted applications become the property of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America Education Fund, Inc. All information submitted on the application is considered confidential and will not be duplicated and only discussed within the scholarship committee.

Applications and all required documents, with the exception of the official transcript, can be submitted by email to: scholarships@prcua.org.
Mailed documents should be sent to:
Polish Roman Catholic Union of America
Attn: Scholarships
984 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642-4101

PRCUA Education Fund Application

Student Scholarship Grant

PURPOSE
Current economic conditions in the United States and throughout the world have made the need for an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree a most serious concern for today’s student. The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) recognizes the necessity of financial assistance for students of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.

Therefore, PRCUA established the “Student Scholarship Grant Program” for eligible PRCUA members. Grants will be awarded with the purpose of providing financial assistance to students to earn undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees.

SCOPE
PRCUA offers several scholarships that will be awarded once a year to applicants. Scholarships are renewable through the yearly application process. Students may apply each year. However, students may only receive three (3) yearly scholarships total during their lifetime. Only one (1) application per student will be reviewed per year. Scholarships are specific to the school and educational program named in the application.

SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD
Applications must be received by June 1st. Only applications postmarked by June 1st will be eligible. PRCUA will NOT accept late applications. Awards will be announced by August 15th.

AWARD PAYMENT
All awards will be made payable to the institution rather than to the individual. PRCUA accepts no responsibility for decreases of other grant or loan amounts due to the awarding of a PRCUA Scholarship Grant to a student. Students are solely responsible for all aspects of their financial aid status and, thus, should be aware of the consequences of applying for a PRCUA Scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Applicants must be a member of the PRCUA, in good standing, for a minimum of FIVE (5) YEARS, and have a minimum of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000) of whole life insurance.
    (ANNUITY MEMBERSHIP DOES NOT QUALIFY)
  2. If the member does not meet the five year minimum at the time of application, they may also meet one of the two following standings, THREE YEARS of membership along with an additional $25,000 in life insurance, or FOUR YEARS of membership along with an additional $15,000 in life insurance. All qualified members must also be in good standing.
  3. Applicants must have successfully completed their freshman year of undergraduate studies before the deadline for filing an application. An unopened, official transcript from the applicant’s school must be enclosed with the completed application or sent directly by the Educational Institution to the PRCUA on or before the deadline of June 1st.
  4. Eligible applicants consist of sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled full-time in undergraduate study or those students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs. 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 eligible.
  5. 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.
  6. Applicants must keep their insurance policies in effect and in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years immediately following receipt of the last eligible grant payment.
  7. All applicants must be either citizens of the United States or permanent residents.
  8. All applicants must conform with the requirements listed on the application.Applications and all required documents, with the exception of the official transcript, can be submitted by email to: scholarships@prcua.org.

AWARD PROCESS

  1. Selection of award recipients will be made by an appointed committee from the educational/business/legal community independent of the PRCUA. All decisions of the committee will be final.
  2. Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, educational performance, past accomplishments, long range career goals, and extracurricular activities. Judging will be based upon the completed application information. It is the position of PRCUA that the best student is a well-rounded student.
  3. Recipients of PRCUA scholarships are eligible to apply for PRCUA educational loans.
  4. All applications will be anonymous. APPLICATIONS MUST BE TYPED, ANY HANDWRITTEN APPLICATIONS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED! The applicant’s anonymity will be ensured by the use of application numbers. Once the application is received, it will be stamped with an application number and the front page containing all of the applicant’s personal information will be removed and placed into a corresponding file. The committee judges will then receive the remaining pages which will contain only the application number.
  5. The PRCUA reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate this program at its discretion without prior notice. Such actions will not affect those awards currently in process.

Submitted applications become the property of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. All information submitted on the application is considered confidential and will not be duplicated and only discussed within the scholarship committee.

Applications and all required documents, with the exception of the official transcript, can be submitted by email to: scholarships@prcua.org.
Mailed documents should be sent to:
Polish Roman Catholic Union of America
Attn: Scholarships
984 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642-4101

ATTENTION: The PRCUA Scholarship Grant Application is now fillable!
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