FEATURE | July 2016


Obama Wants to Discuss “Quality of Poland’s Democracy”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama wants to discuss U.S. concerns about the “quality of Poland’s democracy” during a visit to Warsaw for the July 7-9 NATO summit, the U.S. State Department said.

Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expect to discuss a range of issues with the Polish authorities in Warsaw, said Mark Toner, deputy spokesman for the U.S. State Department.

“We have a long and very close relationship with Poland. As a fellow democracy and an ally, the United States cares very deeply about Poland,” said Toner.

“And so I think it’s in that regard that Secretary Kerry… and President Obama look forward to having discussions with Poland’s new political leadership about a broad range of issues, bilateral issues and multilateral issues that we engage on together.

“But I think also that would include some of our concerns about the quality of Poland’s democracy.”

In January, the European Commission said it was starting a “rule-of-law” probe into whether controversial laws pushed through by Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party, which came to power in October, violate democratic standards.

Poland has been locked in a bitter domestic political row after Law and Justice introduced sweeping reforms to the Constitutional Tribunal and other institutions, prompting anti-government protests, and criticism from abroad.

Law and Justice has sharply rebutted criticism that its reforms are anti-democratic.

Polish American Journal Foundation
Begins Scholarship Fund Drive

Prizes to be given to students majoring in journalism and the arts

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Polish American Journal Foundation (PAJF) announces the establishment of annual scholarships to be given to college students of Polish or Polish American descent. The scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in journalism (print news, broadcast news, or advertising/public relations in either print or electronic media); and the arts (literature, including poetry, drama, story, etc.); visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.); graphic arts (painting, drawing, design, sculpture, modeling, etc.); and performing arts (theatre, dance, music, etc.).

Both the journalism and arts scholarships will be $1500.00 each.

The fund drive for the 2017 awards will run from July 1 to December 31, 2016. Applications will be accepted from January to April 30, 2017 with winners announced on May 31, 2017. Funds will be dispersed to the winners upon proof of full-time studies at an accredited institution.


  • Applicant must be an American citizen, either by birth or naturalization.
  • Applicant must be of Polish or Polish American descent.
  • Applicant must be a full-time college student, currently enrolled at an accredited college/university in the United States, with confirmed future attendance at an institution in the Fall of 2017.
  • Applicant must describe his/her involvement with the Polish community — past, present, or future.
  • Complete application package must be received in its entirety no later than April May 30, 2017.
  • There is a $15.00 application fee.

Factors for Consideration in Order of Importance:

  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in Polish American cultural activities with future plans to advance those interests.
  • Significant and potential contributions (academic, cultural, scientific, civic), open to all career fields.
  • Academic and scholastic performance and achievements as demonstrated in application materials provided for examination.
  • The complete application package can be downloaded HERE.


The Polish American Journal Foundation (PAJF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in 2014 to promote Polish and Polish American culture and traditions among members of the public and other Polish and Polish American groups

The success of this scholarship fund drive, the Polish American Journal Foundation — and ultimately the Polish American Journal — depends on the support it receives from Polish Americans. The PAJF is aware that, while there are numerous scholarships available for students of Polish descent, very few pertain to students in the areas of journalism and the arts. And, of those that do, strict criteria (membership in granting organization, residence, etc.) limits their availability to hundreds of other students. The PAJF hopes to bridge this gap with its Scholarship Fund.

For the 2017-18 academic year, we are offering two $1500 scholarships. Over time, we hope to increase the number of scholarships offered each year, and ultimately, the prize amount.


Membership in the PAJF is open to all. Donations are accepted in any amount. All donations will be ac­knowledged and may be used as charitable contributions on your tax return.

During this Fund Drive, all funds collected between July 31 and December 31, 2016 will be used for the Scholarship Fund. The success of the fund depends on renewed membership in the PAJF, and additional funds earmarked solely for scholarships.

Please help us help our own commu­nity. Since 1911, the Polish American Journal has been an advocate for Poles and their descendants in the United States. Help us draw upon more than 100 years of the Polish American experience to support those who share our core values of strong family, faith, and community.

We would be happy to discuss all the various options available to you so that you can make a donation in a way that corresponds exactly to your own personal situation.

For more information, or to make a donation, call, write or email:

          PAJF 2017-18 Scholarship
          P.O. Box 198
          Bowmansville, NY 14026-0198

          (716) 312-8088
          (800) 422-1275




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