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PAHL Awards Scholarships

DSCN1112forwebNEW JERSEY –  The Lubomir Zabilski Scholarship (created by Mr. Lubomir Zabilski, an emigree from Poland) is administered by the officers, trustees and members of the Polish American Heritage League. This year the PAHL awarded $1000.00 scholarship checks to the following students at this year’s 41st Annual Polish Heritage Festival, held on June 9, 2013 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ:

Mr. Conrad Aleksandrowicz.  Mr. Aleksandrowicz is currently studying management with a concentration in finance and accounting, and a minor in math, at the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Ms. Magdalena Arroyo.  Ms. Arroyo is currently studying Law at Temple University while raising a family and working as a bookkeeper.

Mr. Daniel Blazejewski. Mr. Blazejewski is studying Electrical and Computer Engineering in Rowan University.

Ms. Karolina Dlugosz.  Ms. Dlugosz is studying Liberal Science with a specialization in sign language and is continuing her studies at Montclair University.

Mr. Aleksander Kubiak.   Mr. Kubiak is continuing his medical studies at Drexel University. His goal is to be an orthopedic surgeon.

Mr. Sebastian Lasota. Mr. Lasota has studied Cultural Anthropology and Social Geography at Rutgers University.  He is now continuing his studies at IHEID (Institut de hautes etudes internationals et du development) in Geneva.  His goal is to eventually join the Polish diplomatic corp or work as a diplomat in North America tending to the interests of the Polish American community.

Ms. Camilla Ostrzycki.  Ms. Ostrzycki is studying Fine Arts at Pace University.

Ms. Dorota Pawlowska.  Ms. Pawlowska is studying Pharmacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University of Pharmacy and she is also enrolled in Biology Research Externship at Saint Peter’s University Hospital Pharmacy.

Mr. Andrew Stolarz.  Mr. Stolarz is studying finance at the University of Delaware. His future goal is to obtain an MBA.

Ms. Monica Swietlik.  Ms. Swietlik is studying Business Administration at Rider University.

The selection process was very rigorous. We thank all students that participated for your interest. And for the readers, a few words now about who Mr. Zabilski was and what drove him to this great philanthropic interest.

Lubomir Zabilski was born in Poland in 1915.  He immigrated to the United States after World War II and lived in New York City before eventually moving to Cranford, New Jersey.   In the US, Mr. Zabilski entered Cooper Union in New York City and in 1960 graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.  He was an electrical engineer with Ebasco of New York City for twenty-five years before retiring in 1980. This was his second career.

Prior to emigrating, Mr. Zabilski was a graduate of the Polish Naval Academy at Gdynia, served as a cadet on the tall ship Dar Pomorza during her voyage from August 16, 1934 to September 4, 1935 when she became the first Polish sailing vessel to circumnavigate the globe.  Later, he became Master of the Dar Pomorza and eventually sailed her to Britain in 1939 to evade the Nazis.  During the War he served as a Captain in the Merchant Marine and commanded vessels carrying war supplies between Canada and Britain, surviving three sinkings before the war finally ended.  After the war he was ordered to return to Poland with his ship but fearing imminent arrest by the government in Poland, he refused and chose to immigrate to the United States.  In 1992, Mr. Zabilski  traveled to Poland where he was awarded the prestigious cross of service by the Polish Government at the Naval School that he had attended in Gdynia. Mr. Zabilski and his wife are buried at Doylestown. We thank Mr. Zabilski for his generosity which made these scholarships possible.