Applicants of the Polish-American Arts Association must be an American citizen, either by birth or naturalization. Consideration will also be given to 10-year green card permanent residents looking to become citizens. Applicant must be of Polish or Polish-American descent and demonstrate their descent with a family tree, and must be a legal resident of Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia, or be a full-time student at an institution in one of these jurisdictions. Applicants 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 summer/fall and must describe his/her involvement with the Polish community – past, present or future.
The Polish American Arts Association (PAAA) of Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1966 and dedicated to creating public awareness of the richness of Polish culture and to supporting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Poland in the fields of art, culture and education. Besides offering scholarships, the PAAA sponsors or cosponsors a series of programs typically consisting of lectures, film showings, concerts, literary events, and social gatherings. It it also involved in book sales, holiday craft work shops, and art exhibits, and helps with fundraising events for a variety of Polish and Polish-American causes.