One of the ways the National Slovak Society supports education is through its NSS Scholarship Program. The program was started in 1966 and named in honor of our founder – Peter Vitazoslav Rovnianek. Each year, many of our young members receive grants from the fund to attend college or trade school. From its inception, hundreds of our NSS youth have been recipients. Additional scholarships are given in the name of Mary Mravec, Dr. John Gulash and the NSS Board of Directors. Also awarded are Perpetual Memorial Scholarships in the name of Mary B. Burns, Ann Marie Czarney, Assembly 065 in Chicago, Illinois, The Stephen J. Trusik Award and the 125th Anniversary Scholarship.
Through this program, National Slovak Society has played a part in the education of young doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people and religious leaders, to name just a few. Many of these people remain loyal, lifelong members of National Slovak Society, contributing their time and talents to fraternal programs.
How much are NSS Scholarships worth?
NSS scholarships are currently worth $500 per year for a maximum of four years.
- From 1998 to 2014 we were able to give over 2,726 students a total of $1,265,850 in scholarship money!
Any National Slovak Society member who has successfully completed high school is eligible to apply, subject to the following provisions. The applicant:
- Must be a member of the National Slovak Society for a minimum of two (2) years;
- Must have a minimum of $10,000 of permanent life insurance in force, or $5,000 annuity;
- Must qualify and provide proof of acceptance by a college or university (4 years); junior college, nursing, trade, technical or business school (2 years); or other institutions approved by the NSS Board of Directors.
In the event that a NSS Scholarship is granted, it shall be the responsibility of the student to remain in school “full-time” and to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.
The deadline for submitting new applications for scholarships is May 1st of each year.
You can download the NSS Scholarship Rules and Regulations by navigating to Fraternal Program Forms on this website and clicking on “Rules for PVR Scholarship”.
How are recipients selected?
Each application is reviewed by the Fraternal Growth Committee of the NSS Board of Directors. This committee makes an objective determination as to the qualifications of all applicants. Final recommendations are submitted to the Board of Directors for review and ratification.
What is the application process?
Members must request a NSS Scholarship application form by calling our Fraternal Department at 724-731-0094. This form contains all the information that will be necessary for members to apply for a National Slovak Society Scholarship Grant.
New & Renewal Deadlines:
- The completed form for new applications and all other necessary information and material requested must be in the National Slovak Society Home Office by May 1st of each year.
- In order to continue the scholarship for the second, third and fourth year, applicants must send in their transcripts from the previous two (2) semesters no later then July 1st.
- Because of the increasing number of requests for NSS scholarships, these deadline shall be strictly adhered to with no exceptions.
Donations to the PVR Scholarship Fund:
Donations to the PVR Scholarship Fund are always welcome and can be given as a memorial or in honor of a loved one. All donations are listed in our monthly newspaper. We have also mounted a PVR Scholarship “Tree Of Life” in the foyer of the Home Office which displays various levels of donations received in the form of gold Leaves, Acorns and Stones. Depending upon the size of the donation Perpetual Scholarships are also available to ensure that our loved ones will always be remembered.
Please contact the Fraternal Activities Coordinator at the Home Office at 724-731-0094 for more information regarding the types of donations available.