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For the 2023-2024 academic year, one (1) $2,500. scholarship will be awarded by the Polish-American Heritage Association of Berks County to a student who is a Berks County resident and who can provide evidence that he/she is of Polish heritage.


First year college "non-renewable" scholarship is available to high school seniors pursuing their studies in an accredited post-secondary educational institution in either a two or four-year program. 

One scholarship each year will be awarded to a Berks County High School Senior whose project is judged by the following criteria:

-Provide evidence that he/she is of Polish descent

-Completion of entire application including all   required attachments.

-Must provide official high school transcript with an   acccumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

-Complete a personal profile essay which includes accomplishments, activities in and out of school, and future goals, including how you celebrate your Polish heritage

-Submission of a project in any form based on Polish culture, traditions and/or history. Students are encouraged to explore their Polish heritage and "think outside the box!"

-Project will be judged on content, neatness, accuracy and authenticity

-Written narrative why you chose the subject of your project

-The project in its' entirety along with the application and all required documentation (listed above) must be delivered to the Polish American Cultural Center at the GoggleWorks, 201 Washington St., Room 509, by March 17, 2023, on Sundays from Noon-4:00pm.  No project will be accepted after that date. 

-Applications for this scholarship are available at Berks County high schools guidance offices, by contacting Ms. Sandy Lubas Hummel at, or at the Polish American Cultural Center.  Questions regarding the scholarship guidelines may be directed to Ms. Hummel at or call 610-207-7065.

-Announcement of this award will be made in late March, 2023.

                 2023                   MaryAnn Becker Memorial/PAHABC Polonia Project Scholarship Winner


Congratulations to Julia A. Adilman the 2023 Mary Ann Becker Memorial/PAHABC Polonia Project Scholarship awardee.  Julia is a senior at Wilson High School who plans to attend Carnegie-Mellon and major in Drama.  Standing with Marilyn Wlazewski, PAHABC President and Bob Englebach, son of the late Mary Ann Becker.  

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