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Scholarships

Polish culture reveres learning and education, and our society supports this culture by awarding scholarships to students from West Michigan who are of Polish-American descent. 


Scholarships are awarded to students who attend Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Davenport University, and Grand Rapids Community College. In addition, our society awards universal scholarships for those attending any college or university in Michigan. 


Below is a list of awardees and guidelines for eligibility.


2019-2020 Awardees

Alyssa May

Grand Valley State University, $1,000 scholarship to further her studies in biomedical sciences to reach her goal of becoming a dietician with an emphasis on nutrition.  Alyssa's extracurricular activities in high school include National Honor Society, Students for Life, varsity cross country, varsity soccer, art club, student government, Catholics in Action, and Peer Ministry. Alyssa's family has been very active in the Polish community in Grand Rapids.

Alexis Souder

Grand Valley State University, $1,000 to further her studies in becoming a veterinarian.  Alexis's extracurricular activities in high school are National Honor Society, Rotary Interact, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Alexis's community service activities include volunteering at Special Olympics, Christmas for Fosters, Homelessness Awareness, Youth Soccer Assistant, Coach for Volleyball Camp, and spaghetti benefit dinners.

Dane Smitz

Aquinas College, $1,000 scholarship to further his studies in pre-dentistry with a business minor.  His goal is to become a dentist and orthodontist. Dane's leadership activities in high school include varsity football, basketball, and Quiz Bowl B Teams.  He was a student leader for Peer to Peer/LINK.  He also was Vice President of the National Honor Society.  Dane was also active in the St. Michael's (Roscommon) Youth Group and the St. Michael's Homeless Awareness.

Bridget Kohane

Aquinas College, $500 scholarship to further her studies in art and business.  Her dream is to become an artist, so as to expose the beauty of life. Bridget's extracurricular activities in high school include. Peer Ministry, swim and dive, track and field, choir, Women's Discernment, Catholics in Action, Students for Life, garden club, and Tae Kwan Do.

Gracie Teerman

Davenport University, $1,000 scholarship to further her studies in science with the goal of becoming a physician's assistant. Gracie's extracurricular activities in high school include volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, and IMPACT Group.  She also was secretary of NHS and a member of Living Authentically Free at church.  She also went on 3 mission trips sponsored by Holy Spirit Church. Gracie has volunteered at Dozynki Festival and Pulaski Days.

Abby Bekins

University of Michigan, $1,000 to study pre-law to achieve her goal of becoming a lawyer. Abby's extracurricular activities in high school are varsity swim and dive, debate, varsity track and field, varsity bowling, student council, class officer, and French club.

Kendall Krupiczewicz

Cornerstone University, $1,000 scholarship to study biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. Kendall's extracurricular activities in high school are LINKS Peer Mentor, varsity basketball and varsity soccer.  She also has participated in various church activities, which involve youth outreach. Kendall has attended numerous Polish Heritage Society activities, including Dozynki Festivals and Wigilia Dinners. 

Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

• Must be a full-time student with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

• All recipients must be of Polish descent, and must provide a brief statement (signed and dated) delineating their heritage.

• Financial need will be taken into consideration.

• All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.


Applications can be obtained at area high schools or the colleges and universities, or by downloading the link below.


All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15. The colleges will provide the Polish Heritage Society with the applications. The Polish Heritage Society will select the recipients, and notify the Financial Aid Office of the dollar amount that the recipient will be awarded. This will be done within one month of receiving the list of scholarship candidates.


For further information, please contact Mary Ann Bergevin at (616) 455-4334.