Student stars: Curtice woman wins 10th PACT scholarship competition

Press Staff Writer

        Stan Machosky, past president and scholarship committee chairman for the Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT), has announced that Taylor Dulinski from Curtice is among four winners receiving $1,000 each as part of PACT’s 10th Annual Scholarship Competition.
        Since 2011, the Scholarship Competition has awarded $32,250 to more than 30 students of Polish-American ancestry. Students complete an application process that includes their academic background, community service, and an essay on what their Polish heritage means to them. The applications are typically reviewed by members of PACT and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA), however this year, TPA was not involved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.             The other winners included Clare J. Krzykala, from Deerfield, Illinois, a sophomore at the University of Toledo; Brooke Seelenbinder, from Maumee, and Jillian Pruss, from Toledo.
        “It is estimated that Northwest Ohio is home to 300,000 people of Polish descent. The scholarship competition is not just a way to financially help young Polish-Americans with their education, but also to instill the value of their heritage. This year the judges selected four clear winners,” Machosky said.
        Dulinski graduated from Notre Dame Academy’s International Baccalaureate School and is a freshman at Miami University this fall. She plans to pursue a degree in medicine. She has devoted more than 100 hours of community involvement that includes cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House; volunteering at the Bethany House and the Aurora Project, which serves victims of domestic abuse, and helping at her church and nursing homes. She also makes time to help young athletes develop soccer skills.
        “PACT raises scholarship money through various events throughout the year. However, we had to cancel our Northwest Ohio Polish Festival and several other events due to the COVID-19 virus. We hope to develop other ways to continue to fund our scholarship competition,” Machosky said.
        To find out more about the Polish-American Community of Toledo, or to donate to the PACT Scholarship Fund, visit and click on the “donate” button to use the secure PayPal feature. Call 419-836-0556 for more details.
Academic honors
        Terra State: Heather Hornstein, of Curtice; Matthew Helle, of Genoa; Ashley Long, of Woodville.
        University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Sarah Allison Sutton, of Oak Harbor.
        Kent State University: Mitchell Kubicki, Lena Miller, Madeline Sneed, of Oregon; Jessica Sotak, of Elmore; Nathan Reineck, Jarret Johns, Marcus Molina, of Gibsonburg; Anne Heninger, of Millbury; Emily Winters, of Oak Harbor.
Toledo Buffalo Soldiers to award scholarships
        Each year, the Toledo Buffalo Soldiers present scholarship awards to outstanding graduating seniors from the Toledo area.
        Despite a truncated school year and graduation ceremonies that were anything but normal, TBS will still award the “Deeds Not Words” Scholarships on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Collingwood Presbyterian Church, 2108 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo.
        This year, TBS will award four scholarships totaling $2,750 to four students. They include:
        • A $1,000 scholarship to Russell Chapman III, a graduate of Jones Leadership Academy of Business.
        • A $750 scholarship to Brooklynne Gregory, a graduate of St. Ursula Academy
        • A $500 scholarship to Kyla McCoy, a graduate of Eastwood High School.
        • A $500 scholarship to Ebony Cunningham, a graduate of Jones Leadership Academy.
        Scholarship winners plan to continue their education and all have excelled in academics and extra-curricular activities throughout their high school years.


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