Victor F. Podlaski Scholarship

The Victor F. Podlaski Scholarship is given to one or more currently enrolled UWM students who meet the following criteria:

  • Junior, senior or graduate standing in a program leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree
  • Of Polish ancestry OR have studied Polish language, history, society, or culture OR significantly engaged in Polish culture activities
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Students should also visit to explore and apply for additional Polanki scholarships from the Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee.

Applications are typically accepted in late fall through the first week of January each year and reviewed in February. Students graduating in December are not eligible since payment would occur after graduation. To apply, first complete the UWM general application.

The late Victor Podlaski
Varies up to $2,000
Schools, Colleges, Departments, and Areas
College of Letters and Science, UWM Foundation Scholarships
Supplemental Questions
  1. Have you received any Polanki Award from the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Wisconsin in the past?
  2. If you have previously received any Polanki Award, what year did you receive it?
  3. Describe your exposure to, and/or familiarity with, the Polish language and Polish culture.
  4. List any Polish ancestors or other connections to Poland.
  5. Choose one of the following topics and research that topic exploring a variety of sources (library, internet, etc.). In 500 to 600 words, write an engaging, well-organized critical analysis of your chosen topic. Properly identify all your sources and clearly identify your opinions as your own. Include a list of all sources used to write your essay. CHOICE A. Describe an event in Poland’s history that was also important for American, European or world history. Present your own opinions and conclusions about the event’s significance for both Polish and non-Polish audiences. CHOICE B. Identify one Polish work of literature, musical composition, dance, art or cinematography created since 2019. Research the author(s) and the artistic-cultural background of the work. Present the work (with its cultural context), describe your personal reaction(s) to the work, and present your own opinions about the work’s value to both Polish and non-Polish audiences.
  6. Please upload a copy of your most recent UWM transcript in PDF format. An unofficial version downloaded from PAWS is acceptable.
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