PABEBC CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2020

During 2020, PABEBC will celebrate 75 years of helping Berks County students of Polish-American descent with their college expenses. Special thanks to the leaders of the Berks County Polish-American organizations for having the foresight to create this remarkable program that has benefited 371 students by awarding them nearly $700,000 in financial assitance. This scholarship program has helped to make college and career dreams come true and has lessened the financial burden on many families. We have seen the program to help shape the careers of business professionals, doctors, musicians, scientists, educators, and performers as well as many other career paths.

In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, the PABEBC Board would like to invite all of our past scholarship recipients to attend a reunion to be held with the annual scholarship awards dinner on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Inn of Reading. If you know a scholarship recipient please share this invitation with them and ask them to mark the date of their calendar and plan to attend. In addition, we are requesting that they complete our SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT UPDATE FORM which can be found on our 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION INFORMATION tab on this website. Our current Board Members would like to catch up with our former scholarship recipients to find out what has been happening in their lives since they were awarded our scholarships. Sandy Lubas Hummel, our Scholarship Secretary Elect, will be available to answer any questions in regard to this form at 610-207-7065 or email sahummel@ptd.net.

Initially, our local Polish organizations provided funds to sponsor the scholarship award of $1,000, while the function of PABEBC was to administer them. However, over the years the responsibility of acquiring the necessary funds to continue funding the scholarship program has become a function of the members of PABEBC. In December of 1982, a gift from the 1949 scholarship recipient, Theodore R. Stanely, jump started the PABEBC scholarship program. Mr. Stanely established a memorial scholarship in memory of his grandmother, Mary Oziemkiewicz. Over the years, we have been blessed with many more thoughtful members and friends of the organization who have donated to the scholarship fund. Most recently, the late Frank F. Macey donated $8,544.37 to PABEBC in his Will and Elleena Kirkland Tessier donated $1,000 toward a 2020 scholarship to be awarded in memory of long time PABEBC supporter, the late Jess “Mrs. C” Cwisklinski. For the kindness of all our supports, we give our heartfelt thanks.

Although the names of our officers and members have changed through the years, we will continue with the same enthusiasm as our founders. With the financial support of our present and new members we will continue to award scholarships to Berks County students of Polish descent.

Thank you!

Mary Ann Zerkowski, President – Polish-American Board of Education of Berks County

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