Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship Program for Americans of Polish Descent

Website: The Kosciuszko Foundation


Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies at colleges and universities in the United States.  Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. Funding is for full-time studies. Scholarships are for academic year fall to spring.   

All fields and majors are eligible for scholarship funding.  In addition to this scholarship the foundation has dedicated funding for:

  • law and engineering studies at DePaul University and non-public colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; 
  • residents of New Jersey, first preference for studies in nursing, teaching and business;
  • residents of NY state for studies in medicine;
  • residents of Amsterdam, NY; 
  • residents of Chicopee, MA; 
  • residents of New Hampshire;
  • residents of Connecticut, first preference for residents of Fairfield and New Haven counties;
  • students who evidence leadership, excellent written and verbal communication skills and participation in school and/or community activities;
  • journalism; 
  • sciences: physical-chemical, biological, technical and natural sciences;
  • dentistry; 
  • applied sciences; medicine; music; humanities; social sciences; architecture; engineering; medical research; education; piano performance;  violin performance; orchestral studies; law; art; fine arts;  pharmacy; chemistry; accounting; business administration; banking; finance; Polish studies.

United States citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing their graduate studies and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are awarded for full-time studies only. Only one member per immediate family may receive a tuition scholarship during any given academic year. Applicants may re-apply.  Awards are limited to only two tuition scholarships per individual during the period of his/her studies.   

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on application completeness, recommendation of teachers and professors, academic excellence and achievements, applicant's interests and motivation, the applicant's essay, interest in Polish subjects or involvement in the Polish American community. Financial need is taken into consideration.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • A - Completed Scholarship Application Forms;
  • B - Statement of Purpose;
  • C - Official Transcripts;
  • D - Two confidential Letters of Reference;
  • E - Letter of Acceptance to graduate school;
  • F - Proof of Polish Ancestry;
  • G - Passport-size photo;
  • H - $35 non-refundable application fee.


Visit the website for detailed notes on procedures and selection process: https://www.thekf.org/kf/scholarships/tuition/ts/

Students who are re-applying for scholarship funding are considered  together with new applicants and will be competing for scholarship funding against a new pool of candidates.  Students who are reapplying must update all items except proof of Polish heritage.  A) Update your application and financial information form, B) update your Statement of Purpose to reflect your progress, recent activities such as internships, volunteer programs and or new developments/ directions in your studies, C) Official Transcripts showing grades for the interim period, D) two letters of reference, E) Letter of Admission, if applicable, G) photo, H) updated C.V. and I) application fee and checklist. 


Send hard copy documents to:

Grants Department
Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Documents to submit online :  Application form, Personal Statement/Essay, Proof of Polish descent, photo, C.V.

Documents accepted via USPS include: Financial Information Form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation submitted by professors, admission letters, $35 application fee and checklist.  

Documents accepted via e-mail include: Financial Information Form, letters of recommendation submitted by professors, admission letters. 

Contact Information
Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210