HVPS Present Scholarships

By on August 6, 2014

HVSPScholforwebNEW YORK – On Thursday, July 17, two Orange County high school graduates were presented with $1,000 scholarships by the Hudson Valley Polonaise Society at a reception held at the CYO in Pine Island. The scholarships were awarded to Joseph M. Morgiewicz and Kimberly Ann Kocot on the basis of their essays and individual contributions to school and community.

In reference to his Polish background and his family’s involvement in black dirt food production, Joseph stated in his essay: “I’m also very proud to be continuing what our ancestors have created hopefully for as long as I live, and then it can be passed down to the next generation. My Polish Heritage is definitely unique and special to me, because I’m a part of the same community as my ancestors that started it over a century ago. And that is something to be very proud of.”

In Photo: JOSEPH M. MORGIEWICZ and KIMBERLY ANN KOCOT 

A graduate of Warwick Valley HS, Joseph is the son of Joe and Michelle Morgiewicz of Pine Island, NY. He is graduate of Warwick HS and is attending SUNY Orange for Business Management and will transfer to SUNY Cobleskill for Heavy Diesel Agriculture Mechanics.

In her essay, Kimberly refers to her Polish Heritage: “Heritage plays an important role in self-identity, and therefore the heritage of the country defines it. We learn and improve our lives through our past experiences and our history. My Polish Heritage is so important to me in many ways. Being Polish to me means that I am passing on culture and traditions from Poland that have been passed down through many generations.”

Kimberly Ann Kocot is a graduate of Florida HS. She is the daughter of Alex and Christine Kocot of Warwick, NY. Kim will be attending Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh majoring in Business Management/Administration.

Congratulations to our 2014 scholarship recipients!

– Submitted by Hilda Ellis