The Polish Heritage Society has recently awarded scholarships for the Fall Semester 2018.
Grand Valley State University - Two $1000 scholarships
The winner of a $1,000 scholarship is Sophia Sajdak.
Sophia is a “first generation” college student of her family. Sophia received an Academic Excellence Award in high school, and was on the Dean's List at Jackson College. Her goal is to be a professional writer. Sophia put in over 300 hours of volunteer work with the girl scouts. She is a member of the Equestrian Club at GVSU and was team captain of her high school Equestrian team. Sophia is very interested in learning more about her Polish ancestry.
The winner of a $1,000 scholarship is Abigail Slaktowski.
Abigail graduated in the top 5 of her high school class. Her goal is to be a registered pediatric nurse. Abigail participated in Varsity Soccer, Student Council, 4 H, Campus Ministry, and Pre-nursing Association. She also has gone on several mission trips and organized fund raisers.
Aquinas College - $1000 scholarship
The winner of a $1,000 scholarship is Grant Smitz.
His goal is to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Grant is involved in Volleyball and Baseball at Aquinas. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, and also played Varsity Soccer, serving as captain for two years. He also was a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, and did 50 hours of Church Community Service.
Aquinas College - $500 Scholarship donated by Bob and Char Czarnecki
The winner of a $500 scholarship is Jessica Trenshaw.
Jessica will be studying education with the goal of becoming a teacher. Jessica participated in Concert and Marching Band, and was Drum Major. She also participated in Concert Choir and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also is a member of her Church Youth Group.
Grand Rapids Community College - $1000 scholarship (two $500 winners)
The winner of a $500 scholarship is John Zimeris.
His career goal is to become a Mechanical Engineer. John is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and is an Eagle Scout. He is currently one of the adult leader team members. He also is involved in the youth ministry at his church, and volunteers at Diamond Hall.
The winner of a $500 scholarship is Carrie Lebel-Conger.
Carrie's goal is to become a registered nurse, and work as an oncology nurse.Carrie currently works at Mary Free Bed Hospital. She is maintaining a 4.0 average in school.
Davenport - $1000 scholarship
The winner of a $1,000 scholarship is Ashlyn Roganski.
Her goal is to become a registered nurse. Ashlyn was a member of the Student Nurses Association and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club. She was a homework night leader at the YWCA and is on the Dean's List.
Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients and best of luck in college! We are accepting applications again for the Fall 2019 semester. All recipients of Polish Heritage Society scholarships must be of Polish descent, and must be a full-time student with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Financial need will be taken into consideration. All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.
Applications can be obtained at area High Schools, or at the above Colleges or download at the link below.
For further information, please contact Mary Ann Bergevin at 455-4334.
The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to students from West Michigan who are of Polish descent. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
Must be a full-time student with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
All recipients must be of Polish descent, and must provide a brief statement (signed and dated) delineating their heritage.
Financial need will be taken into consideration.
All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.
The colleges will provide the Polish Heritage Society with the applications. The Polish Heritage Society will select the recipients, and notify the Financial Aid Office of the dollar amount that the recipient will be awarded. This will be done within one month of receiving the list of scholarship candidates.
Scholarships will be awarded to the following schools:
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids Community College