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PSFCU Scholarship Program 2017 in Progress

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PSFCU Scholarship Program 2017 in Progress

March 1, 2017, is the deadline for young members of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union continuing their higher education to apply for a scholarship from our Credit Union. They can also apply to participate in a new program sanctioned by President of Poland Andrzej Duda: a 10-day study trip to Poland.

Student Scholarships

Who can apply for a scholarship? You need to have been a member of the Credit Union for at least one year, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and be enrolled at an accredited school in academic year 2016/17. The Scholarship Committee will evaluate not only good academic performance but also active involvement in the Polish community, such as in a Polish parish or Polish club at your school. “This year we’ve made a significant change: previous undergraduate winners of our Credit Union scholarship can apply for a scholarship for master’s degree or doctoral (graduate) programs. We decided that all students continuing their education deserve additional incentive and reward,” said Ryszard Bak, Chairman of the PSFCU Board of Directors Scholarship Committee.

Mr. Ryszard Bak, Chairman of the PSFCU Board of Directors Scholarship Committee

Details are available at any of our Credit Union’s seventeen branches or at, where you can also download an application. Fill out your application, attach the required documents and write two essays of up to 300 words in English. Send your completed packet to: PSFCU Scholarship Committee, 9 Law Drive, Fairfield, NJ 07004. Note: The application submission deadline is March 1, 2017.

Study Trip to Poland

This year, also for the first time, young and gifted members of our Credit Union will be able to apply for scholarships under a program organized with General Electric under the patronage of President of Poland Andrzej Duda. Ten students selected by Scholarship Committee and ten students chosen by General Electric will go on a 10-day study visit to Poland. There they will meet the President of Poland as well as political and business leaders, and visit leading Polish companies. “This will be a special trip to Poland. This is our way of promoting knowledge about Poland among young Americans, often with Polish roots, and make them real “Polish Ambassadors” in the United States,” said Director Ryszard Bak.

College and university students who are members of our Credit Union and US citizens or permanent residents may apply. You will need to complete an application and write an essay in English. Details are available at The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

As every year, our Credit Union Scholarship Program has several components. The first one is the program for high-school seniors, recruitment for which was completed in January 2017. The second component is the program for college and university students. In addition, there is the ‘Rising Star of Our Credit Union’ program for young members of our Credit Union who can demonstrate achievements in the fields of ‘science, sports, music, art, leadership or special talent, documented at the national or international level’. The fourth element is the program endorsed by the President of Poland. This year our Credit Union has allocated the record amount of $380,000 to the PSFCU Scholarship Program. The program is supervised by the PSFCU Board of Directors Scholarship Committee: Ryszard Bak (Chairman), Iwona Podolak, Marzena Wierzbowska, Bozena Kajewska-Pielarz and Pawel Maciag.

Details on the PSFCU Scholarship Program are available at the website of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union at (the ‘About Us’ tab,  ‘Scholarship Programs’ folder), where you can also download the required forms. For more information, please send an e-mail to or call Ms. Kinga Gutowski, Training Specialist, at 973-808-3240, ext. 6247.

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