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.
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 and Assembly 065 in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
much are NSS Scholarships worth?
NSS scholarships are currently worth
$500 per year for a maximum of four years.
In 2013, we gave to 133 student members $67,200 in scholarship funds.
In 2012, we gave to 115 student members $46,500 in scholarship funds.
In 2011, we gave to 153 student members $61,700 in scholarship funds.
In 2010, we gave to 167 student members $60,100 in scholarship funds.
In 2009, we gave to 178 student members $71,700 in scholarship funds.
In 2008, we gave to 195 student members $78,750 in scholarship funds.
In 2007, we gave to 195 student members $78,300 in scholarship funds.
In 2006, we gave to 264 student members $105,600 in scholarship funds.
In 2005, we gave to 238 student members $95,500 in scholarship funds.
In 2004, we gave
to 219 student members $87,900 in scholarship funds.
In 2003, we gave
to 228 student members $91,100 in scholarship funds.
In 2002, we gave
to 206 student members $82,700 in scholarship funds.
In 2001, we gave
to 201 student members $80,600 in scholarship funds.
In 2000, we gave
to 170 student members $69,000 in scholarship funds.
In 1999, we gave
to our student members $64,000 in scholarship funds.
In 1998, we gave
to our student members $62,200 in scholarship funds.
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 going to FORMS / FRATERNAL on this website and clicking on "Rules for PVR Scholarship".
recipients are 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.
How does one apply?
Members may 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
& 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.
for the second, third and forth years must be in the Home
Office by July 15th of each year. All renewal requests
must include transcripts of the previous two (2) semesters.
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 Scholarhsip 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 National Secretary/Treasurer at the Home Office at 724-731-0094 for more information regarding the types of donations available.