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Founders Honored By Polish University Club

NEW JERSEY – On January 26th, 2013 the Polish University Club of New Jersey honored several members for their contributions to the Polish community. Walter J. Tencza, Jr. was lauded with the Outstanding Citizen Award for 2013 (as previously reported).

A second set of awards were bestowed upon the Founding Fathers of the Polish University Club as the 2013 Meritorious Member Awards; they are Paul A. Bogatko, Dr. Adam Bogdan, Stephen W. Galinski, Dr. Adam Gatkowski, Alexander T. Jaskiewicz, Dr. Joseph Michalski, Edward G. Mrozek, Dr. Henry T. Obuchowski, Francis J. Regula, and Joseph P. Wladyka.

In 1928, the Founding Fathers established the Polish University Club for the advancement and promotion of Polish Culture and Traditions, and the establishment of scholarships to support the education of students of Polish Heritage.

Accepting the awards on behalf of the founding fathers were: Dr. Dorothy Wladyka-Matthews, in honor of her father, Joseph P. Wladyka; and Mr. Robert Mrozek, in honor of his father, Edward G. Mrozek.

From the humble beginnings of awarding one scholarship in 1941, the organization has awarded 483 grants to date.

In addition, the Bogatko Endowed Fund at Syracuse University and the Nowel Scholarship at Providence College have awarded 79 scholarships.

By John Kostecki

In photo above: The 2013 Meritorious Member Award Honorees for the New Jersey Polish University Club: Casimir J. Drygas, Jr. (center) presenting the awards to Mr. Robert Mrozek (left) and Dr. Dorothy Wladyka-Matthews.