Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation
On April 6th, 2019, the Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation awarded two High School seniors $1,000.00 grants toward their college education. The award ceremony took place at St. Adalbert’s Parish Center, Providence, RI. This year’s recipients are Vanessa A. Szulc and Klaudia Gajda. The awards were presented by Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz, Scholarship Selection Chairperson.
Pictured left to right are: Foundation President Gregory Malec, scholarships recipients Vanessa A. Szulc and Klaudia Gajda, and Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz.
Applicants are chosen based on academic excellence, extra-curricula and athletic accomplishments, personal character, and community service. In addition, applicants have to submit a research paper on a selected topic pertaining to Polish culture, art, music, or history. This year’s research paper focused on the significance of the Centennial of the restoration of Poland’s independence and the roles of Jozef Pilsudski, Roman Dmowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and US President Woodrow Wilson.
Since its founding in 1978 the RI Polonia Foundation has awarded 349 grants totaling over $306,000.00. These grants are made possible through the support of private individuals, businesses, and Polish American organizations. In addition to providing financial support, the Foundation strives to promote an appreciation of Polish culture and create an awareness of contributions made by Poland and Polish Americans.
For additional information about the Foundation please visit
Submitted by Joseph Chrostowski