The Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City Scholarship Essay Competition 2020
The Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City was established in November 2011 to increase awareness of Polish and Polish-American heritage. The Association organizes the annual Polish Heritage Festival at the Friendship Botanic Gardens (formerly the International Friendship Gardens) in Michigan City, tends the Polish Garden at the Gardens, offers an annual scholarship competition for local high school and college students, and contributes an annual gift to a charity such as a local homeless shelter. In Spring 2018, the Association restored the Paderewski bust at the Polish Garden in the Friendship Botanic Gardens. The Essay Competition, in its eighth year, is essential to the Association’s community focused mission.
Purpose: The Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City Essay Competition seeks to raise awareness about Poland, Poles and Polish Americans among local high school and college students.
Award: Applicants are eligible for 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($500), or 3rd Place ($250) awards.
Eligibility: Open to any high school or college student legally residing in Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, St. Joseph Counties). Applicants do not need to be of Polish ancestry.
Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a research essay of no more than three pages if single-spaced and six pages if double-spaced on the topic of “The Polish-Soviet War and the ‘Miracle on the Vistula’” (As World War I ended, Poland won back its independence on the ground and diplomatically. Poland’s struggle with Soviet Russia proved crucial to Europe as a whole.)
Applicants must supply a complete application form Polish Heritage Essay Application Form 2020.
Application Submission: Applications should be submitted by mail or electronically to Prof. Janusz Duzinkiewicz at email@example.com no later than May 3, 2020 (Polish Constitution Day).
Selection Criteria: Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Decisions are made by a committee based on how well the applicant’s essay addresses the topic. Preference will be given to essays that (1) directly address the topic, (2) are well organized, (3) show evidence of some research, (4) are accurate in content, and (5) are clearly written in correct standard English. All applicants will be notified of the selections at the email address they provide with their application.