Polonia Institute Historical Scholarship Competition

September 1, 2024
Awards Available: 3

Scholarship Description

The Battle for Rome, also known as the Battle of Monte Cassino, was of primary importance to the Allied effort to defeat the Axis Coalition in World War II. The Monte Cassino Monastery, well-fortified by the Germans, stood in the way of the Allied effort to take over Rome.


  • Must be 18 or older on the date of the deadline for application
  • High school senior or older

Essay Requirements

  • Essay must reflect applicant's own research and perspective.
  • Essay must be written and submitted in English.
  • Cannot exceed 20 pages (including bibliography) and should be in 12-point font, double-spaced with 1" margins. Pages should be numbered.
  • All essays become property of the Polonia Institute.

In your essay, please analyze the following issues: 1) The formation of the Second Polish Corp in the Middle East; 2) Political considerations of sending the Polish Second Corp to the Italian front, 3) The Polish victory in the Battle of Monte Cassino; 4) The impact of the victory at Monte Cassino on the people in occupied Poland; 5) Dilemmas of the Polish Government in London how to liberate Poland; 6) Operation Tempest; 7) The Battle for Warsaw; 8) Political struggle in the Allied Coalition over the support to Warsaw; 9) Russian game over Poland; 10) Liberation of Paris; 11) Fall of Warsaw; 12) German demolition of Warsaw after the surrender; 13) compare and contrast results of both battles; 14) analyze the differences. Any ideas whether there was a better solution to liberate Poland?

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