BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jessica M. Kisluk
, a broadcasting and mass communication major, and Suzanne A. Mitchell, a photography major, will each be awarded $1500 scholarships from the Polish American
Journal Foundation (PAJF).
This is the first year the PAJF awarded college scholarships. The prizes were made
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.).
To be eligible, applicant must be an American citizen, either by birth or
naturalization; of Polish or Polish American descent; 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; and actively involved in the Polish community.
JESSICA A. KISLUK. Jessica M. Kisluk
of Alden, N.Y. is the winner of the PAJF’s scholarship in Journalism. A broadcasting and mass communication major, minoring in arts management, at the State University of New York at Oswego, she plans to
graduate in May 2019.
A member of the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York and the Polish National
Alliance, Kisluk was active in her church’s Youth Group and its fundraisers to attend World Youth Day in Poland.
She is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship at SUNY Oswego, and has been on
the dean’s list every semester. She is also the recipient of the Student Leadership and Clarkson Leadership awards.
After graduation, Kisluk hopes to find work in broadcast news, radio, or video
production. She said she would like to use her skills to serve Polish American organizations, particularly those which promote folk dance and culture.
“Jessica loves her heritage,” said Juan Francisco La Manna of SUNY
Oswego’s music department. “During one of my lectures, when studying Frederic Chopin, I mentioned the Mazurka and the Polonaise. She immediately shared her experience dancing them. I can only assume,
because of her personality, that she will go to great lengths to try to preserve her heritage.
Her parents are Stanley and Michelle Kisluk of Alden, N.Y..
SUZANNE A. MITCHELL. Suzanne A.
Mitchell of Torrance, California, is the winner of the PAJF’s scholarship in the Arts. She is studying professional and commercial photography at California State University at Long Beach, and expects to
graduate with a BFA in photography in May 2019.
Partially inspired to visit the land of her paternal grandfather’s birth
(Wladyslaw Marcinkowski, a native of Bydgoszcz), in 2013 Mitchell studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she “completely fell in love with Poland and her character.” She returned to
Poland in 2016 as a volunteer in the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Teaching English in Poland program.
Mitchell is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, which included her
first trip to Poland, awarded by Bridges to Poland and the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Before transferring to CSU, Mitchell earned an associate’s degree in arts and
humanities from El Camino College in Torrance.
“Suzanne is a student who approaches her work with enthusiasm and
diligence,” said Joyce Dallal, professor of Fine Arts at El Camino. Her “persistence is what distinguished Suzanne as a student who has the drive and life skills, as well as the talent, to pursue a
career in the arts.”
Her parents are Dylan and Irena Mitchell.
ABOUT THE PAJF. 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. 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.
For more information, or to make a donation, call, write, or
email: PAJF, P.O. Box 271, N. Boston, NY 14110-0271; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; (716) 312-8088 or (800) 422-1275.