The PAJF is a non-profit 501c3 organization established to promote Polish and Polish American culture and traditions.

Polish American Journal Foundation
Begins Scholarship Fund Drive

Prizes to be given to students majoring in journalism and the arts

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Polish American Journal Foundation (PAJF) announces the establishment of annual scholarships to be given to college students of Polish or Polish American descent. The scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in journalism (print news, broadcast news, or advertising/public relations in either print or electronic media); and the arts (literature, including poetry, drama, story, etc.); visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.); graphic arts (painting, drawing, design, sculpture, modeling, etc.); and performing arts (theatre, dance, music, etc.).

Both the journalism and arts scholarships will be $1500.00 each.

The fund drive for the 2017 awards will run from July 1 to December 31, 2016. Applications will be accepted from January to April 30, 2017 with winners announced on May 31, 2017. Funds will be dispersed to the winners upon proof of full-time studies at an accredited institution.

Download the 2017-18 Scholarship Application
Donate to the PAJF Scholarship Fund (includes membership in the PAJF)


  • Applicant must be an American citizen, either by birth or naturalization.
  • Applicant must be of Polish or Polish American descent.
  • Applicant must be a full-time college student, currently enrolled at an accredited college/university in the United States, with confirmed future attendance at an institution in the Fall of 2017.
  • Applicant must describe his/her involvement with the Polish community — past, present, or future.
  • Complete application package must be received in its entirety no later than April May 30, 2017.
  • There is a $15.00 application fee.

Factors for Consideration in Order of Importance:

  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in Polish American cultural activities with future plans to advance those interests.
  • Significant and potential contributions (academic, cultural, scientific, civic), open to all career fields.
  • Academic and scholastic performance and achievements as demonstrated in application materials provided for examination.


The success of this scholarship fund drive, the Polish American Journal Foundation — and ultimately the Polish American Journal — depends on the support it receives from Polish Americans. The PAJF is aware that, while there are numerous scholarships available for students of Polish descent, very few pertain to students in the areas of journalism and the arts. And, of those that do, strict criteria (membership in granting organization, residence, etc.) limits their availability to hundreds of other students. The PAJF hopes to bridge this gap with its Scholarship Fund.

For the 2017-18 academic year, we are offering two $1500 scholarships. Over time, we hope to increase the number of scholarships offered each year, and ultimately, the prize amount.


Membership in the PAJF is open to all. Donations are accepted in any amount. All donations will be ac­knowledged and may be used as charitable contributions on your tax return.

During this Fund Drive, all funds collected between July 31 and December 31, 2016 will be used for the Scholarship Fund. The success of the fund depends on renewed membership in the PAJF, and additional funds earmarked solely for scholarships.

Please help us help our own community. Since 1911, the Polish American Journal has been an advocate for Poles and their descendants in the United States. Help us draw upon more than 100 years of the Polish American experience to support those who share our core values of strong family, faith, and community.

We would be happy to discuss all the various options available to you so that you can make a donation in a way that corresponds exactly to your own personal situation.

For more information, or to make a donation, call, write or email:

                PAJF 2017-18 Scholarship
                P.O. Box 198
                Bowmansville, NY 14026-0198
                (716) 312-8088
                (800) 422-1275

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