VP Trish: 2021 Starzynski Scholarship Recipients

The National Board of Directors met last weekend. At this meeting, the recipients of the Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship Program were chosen. It gives me great pleasure to list the following for the 2021-2022 school years.

Congratulations to all!

Samantha Smith of Nest 610, Erie, Pa., was selected as the Mary Kus recipient.

Samantha will receive $3,000.00!

The following were chosen for the Achievement Category…

Each will receive $1750.00!

  • Victoria Baliga – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Jonathan Gable – Nest 8, Pittsburgh, PA, District IV
  • Robert Lewicki – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Sophia Starzynski – Nest 946, Sommerville, NJ, District I
  • Nolan Witt – Nest 6, Buffalo, NY, District IX

The Involvement Category included the following…

Each will receive $1250.00!

  • Ella Futch – Nest 52, Rochester, NY, District IX
  • Emma Karczewski – Nest 80, South Bend, IN, District VI
  • Adrian Sierzega – Nest 956, Ozone Park, NY, District I
  • Jessica Sierzega – Nest 956, Ozone Park, NY, District I

There were two in the General Category…

Each will receive $800.00!

  • Sylvia Lemanski – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Ava Catherine Yobst – Nest 176, Pittsburgh, PA, District IV

Districts represented this year: I, IV, V, VI & IX

The applicants are representing nine Nests: 6, 8, 36, 52, 80, 176, 610, 946 & 956

Members of the Scholarship Committee: Trish Del Busse (Chairperson), Mark Albin, Patty Capozoli, Dan Michalak & Chris Puskar


VP Trish: It’s Scholarship Time!

Before you know it, the scholarship deadlines will be here!

The National Board of Directors met prior to the Convention. The Scholarship Committee met and recommended the following changes to our scholarship programs; which the Board approved.

Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program:

  • Minimum Membership requirement has been reduced to four years.

The other requirements remain the same, especially the need to have a permanent plan of insurance in force at least one year prior to your applying.

Application and all supporting documents must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.

Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship Program:

  • Minimum Membership requirement has been reduced to two years.
  • Amount of grant in the Achievement Category has been increased to $1750.00.
  • Amount of grant in the Involvement Category has been increased to $1250.00.
  • Amount of grant in the General Category has been increased to $800.00.

The other requirements have not changed.

Application and all other documents must be postmarked by February 15, 2021.

The newly-revised applications are available here. There is also a list of past recipients for both programs – very interesting!Thank you to those of you who donate to the scholarship fund; there were quite a few who donated during the Convention.

  • Nest 725 donated in Memory of:
    • Nest 725 deceased Members $100.00
    • Caroline Knetsch $50.00
    • Celia Ggrabczyk $50.00
    • Robert Beilfuss $50.00
    • Lottie Fik $50.00
  • District II – $100.00 in Memory of deceased Members
  • District II Legion of Honor – $100.00
  • District IV – $100.00
  • District VI Legion of Honor – $500.00
  • Nest 31 – $100.00
  • Nest 42 – $100.00
  • Nest 45 – $100.00
  • Nest 86 – $100.00
  • Nest 118 – $100.00
  • Nest 123 – $100.00
  • Nest 176 – $100.00
  • Nest 827 – $100.00
  • Nest 6 – $100.00 in Memory of Yvonne Pelletterie
  • Vicky Aitken – $100.00 in Memory of her Mother, Florence Kowalczyk Aitken
  • Kathy Perez – $50.00 in Memory of Frania Tracz
  • Dorothy Kopchik – $50.00 in Memory of Frania Tracz
  • Ron Staniszewski, Bob Jakubiec and Teresa Opalacz Landy – $300.00 in Memory of Ilene Kennedy and Frania Tracz
  • Louise Barnes – $400.00 in Memory of her husband, Raymond and her parents Wanda & Jerry Podgorny
  • Richard (Joseph) Federowicz and Family – $250.00
  • Ryan & Kate Gregg and Family – $100.00
  • Chuck & Julianne Johns and Family – $100.00
  • John & Connie Denning and Family – $100.00
  • Joan & John Pawlukiewicz and Family – $100.00
  • Barbara & Frank Wloch and Family – $100.00
  • Patty & Goog Capozoli – $100.00
  • Tom & Barb Eckert and Family – $250.00 in Memory of deceased Members of District II

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


VP Trish: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (I just love this probably due in part to the fact that my dad worked on the railroad!)

Today is September 1st. The beginning of the month and the beginning of the school year. This is quite an interesting beginning. Ryan and Ryanna are attending class in person. Hopefully, the benefits will outweigh the risks. My prayer is that whichever decision was made regarding the education of our children, they have a wonderful, exciting learning experience!

I have noticed quite a few folks have begun decorating for the fall. I am not quite ready to do that, but it won’t be long. There is a huge pumpkin growing in our garden. Pretty cool as we didn’t plant it and it is the only one on the vine so it is a good size. It is already orange! I thought we should pick it but upon some research, I see that it should stay on the vine as long as possible! Another interesting tidbit is that pumpkins need about an inch of water a week. The article also told me to not get water on the leaves when watering! Well, what about rain??!! So, anyhow when you cut the pumpkin, try to leave at least 6 inches of stem. I like the stems longer! And do not carry the pumpkin by the stem!


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VP Trish: 2020 Gorecki Recipients

It pleases me to share the decision of the independent Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Committee. Their decision was approved by the Polish Falcons of America Board of Directors at our meeting held last weekend.

First of all, the Independent Committee is comprised of five very special individuals who so generously give of their time and expertise and choose our recipients.

They are:

  • Mary Louise Ellena-Wygonik – President of the Kosciuszko Foundation, teaches at LaRoche University
  • Robert Tierney – Vice President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Kevin Richards – Youth Director for Slovene National Benefit Society
  • Jolanta Lion – Director of the CMU International Film Festival, Assistant Director of The Humanities Center, teaches Polish at CMU
  • Susan Wuchenich Parker – Member of the Serb National Federation, Associate Professor of Early Childhood & Special Education teaching at Robert Morris University

After much discussion, they chose:

  • Mateusz Conrado – Nest 79, District XIII (since he is a Nest 79 Member, he will receive $11,000). His major is Nursing, attending Grand Valley State University with a GPA of 3.4.
  • Matthew Dutczak – Nest 42, District II. His major is Masters of Wind Band Conducting with a GPA of 3.6, and he is attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Timothy Eckert – Nest 907, District II. He is currently attending the Liberty University College of Medicine as a Graduate student. His GPA is 3.9.

The Independent Committee reviewed and discussed and as is the usual, they were extremely impressed with all of the applicants.

The Scholarship Committee of the PFA Board of Directors is:

  • Patricia Del Busse – Chairperson
  • Patricia Capozoli – District IV Director
  • Edward Ciesla – District I Director
  • John Kowarik – District V Director
  • Thomas Washington – District VII Director

Thank you all for everything you do for our Scholarship Programs!