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: Gorecki Scholarship Program

As I write this, the Independent Committee is reviewing this year’s applications for the Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program. I wish I could figure out why more of our Members don’t apply for this program. If one receives the grant, it is a $10,000.00 grant. Yes, $10,000.00!

Richard C. Gorecki passed away on April 14, 1994 and generously bequeathed a portion of his estate to the Polish Falcons for educational purposes. The Gorecki Scholarships are designed to reward those Falcon Members who demonstrate the highest academic standards and leadership qualities. Since Druh was from Nest 79, a Nest 79 Member receives an additional $1,000.00. Or if a Member is from another District XIII Nest, they receive an additional $500.00. (The additional amount is only $1000.00, not $1500.00 if you belong to Nest 79.)

I agree this application takes a bit more work than our Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship. There are a few more qualifications but not difficult ones.

  • A Member has to have been a Member at least six years.
  • This Member must have a permanent plan of insurance or an annuity. If there is a T or J in your policy number, you do not have a permanent plan. This permanent plan must be in place at least one year prior to application.
  • The applicant (Member) must be entering at least their junior year of college. Full time post graduate students may apply.
  • The applicant must have a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • The Applicant must be enrolled full time and still be enrolled full time when collecting the grant.
  • National Dues must be current; billing of National Dues begins at age 18.

The application itself is rather simple.

  • There are two essay questions, each with a minimum of 500 words.
  • Falcon activity and/or community service are very important. One community service form and letter are required.
  • Nest information form and letter are requested, but if one is not very active in Falcons (due to geography or lack of programs in your area), as long as there is community service, one would qualify. Keep in mind that even though your area may not be very active, there are National Youth Programs.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations may not be from relatives, the Nest or Community Service Organization as requested above. I personally enjoy writing letters of recommendation; I am sure there are others who feel the same way!
  • College or university transcripts sent by the institution.
  • The deadline is always April 15; paperwork must be postmarked by this date.

As I mentioned, the decision as to whom receives a grant is made by an Independent Committee; no one is a Falcon Member. There are five individuals who meet and decide. When I receive the applications, I confirm Membership and qualifications. Copies are then made and mailed to each Committee Member. Following, the Committee comes to our office and we all have dinner. I, then leave the room while the Committee meets and makes their recommendations. I am not part of the process. Obviously, we will not be having dinner this year! The committee will meet virtually.

Another thing that surprises me is that traditionally most of the applicants are female. But this year, there is only one female applicant (very rare).

I understand that college students are extremely busy, but students are used to writing essays so our two essays (we have two questions) don’t take a ton of time; obviously the applicant needs to do some thinking! There is the need to print out forms and request letters from others, but again, not that big of a deal!

So say this entire process takes you eight hours, do you usually earn $1,250.00 an hour? Seriously, invest in yourself and give yourself every opportunity. If you have any questions (any!) regarding our scholarship programs, please contact me at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

A list of all the Gorecki recipients is on our Scholarships page.

If you are going to be eligible next year, please apply!

Keep safe and healthy! Czolem!

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