In 1985, Frank and Wanda Winiarz, co-presidents of the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo, Inc. established the Polish Arts Scholarship Trust. It began with the investment of approximately $25,000 from the profits of a National Convention that the Club hosted in 1985. Robert Ciesielski, attorney and club member, drew up the formal Trust agreement.
Three trustees, who are elected by the directors of the Polish Arts Club, administer the scholarship. The trustees have the responsibility of investing the funds of the scholarship, so that money will be available for future awards. Wanda Winiarz was the chair of the trustees from the conception of the scholarship until 1996. Leonard Sikora was the trustee chair from 1996 to 2010. Stan Nowak is the current trustee chair.
The members of the selection committee advertise the scholarship, review the applications, and interview each of the finalists. Annemarie Franczyk was the selection chair from 1986 to 1998, and Anne Flansburg has been selection chair from 1998 to the present.
Since 1986 the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Scholarship Foundation has awarded 64 scholarships to Polish American students for a total value of $64,000.
The applicant must be a student with Polish ancestry, a legal resident of New York State and majoring in the Visual or Performing Arts in an accredited College or University. Furthermore, the applicant must be enrolled at the junior, senior or graduate level. The student must also reside in the Western New York area. An application is available on the website, and must be completed and postmarked by the specified deadline.
A 300 or more word essay on a Polish Artist who contributed to your field or study and 2 letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.
Applications will be accepted after March 1, 2021 and must be postmarked by May 1, 2021.
Stanley Nowak (Chair)
Honorable Ann Mikoll
Scholarship Recipients – 1986 to present
This list of Polish Arts Scholarship winners is compiled from a list furnished to the Trustees by Annemarie Franczyk, selection chair from 1986 to 1998, and Anne Flansburg, selection chair from 1998 to the present.
|1986||Karen Kleinmann||Mary Swartzwelder|
|1987||Alan Kryszak||Mary Swartzwelder|
|1988||Cynthia Przybyl||Alan Kryszak|
|1989||Peter Kopera||Alan Kryszak|
|1990||Krzysztof Witek||Thomas Witakowski|
|1991||Thea Zastempowski||Elaine Pawlak|
|1992||Christopher Sierzchula||Debra Imiolo|
|1993||Jolie Marie Brown||Peter Jakubowski|
|1995||Jeffery Kazukiewicz||Michael Slon|
|1996||Justin Pomietizarz||Michele Kiec|
|1998||Suzette Henry||Steven Backowski|
|2002||Kristen Kubisty||Ericka Milczarski|
|2003||Chris J. Handley||Tara Laurie|
|2003||Mary Beth Wrobel|
|2004||Bryan Banach||Kelly Bochynski|
|2004||Steven Dunning||Lindsay Gabryszak|
|2005||Michael Rakoczy||Sabatino Scirri|
|2006||Stephani Greer||Gregory Wlosinski|
|2008||Rose Valby||Elizabeth Wojtowicz|
|2009||Cyril Bodnar III||Brittany Mruczek|
|2011||Rachel A. Bicheler|
|2012||Sarah Lewandowski||John Smigelski|
|2013||Kyle Baran||Mary Jane Masiulionis|
|2014||Patricia Manos||Mark Pietruszka|
|2015||Justin Kohan||Aaron Zakrzewski|
|2019||Collin McCrea||Amelia Wroblewski|