Portuguese American Scholarship Foundation: Guide To Applying

The Portuguese-American Scholarship Foundation (PASF) was established in 1966. It was hoped that from its modest beginning a specific scholarship fund would be created and would help New Jersey students of Portuguese descent further their education after graduating from high school.

The PASF’s goal is to foster better understanding of Portuguese heritage, language, and history; it grants scholarships and help promote various cultural events. With continuous support and contributions, the PASF is now able to award $8,000 scholarships to deserving students who demonstrate an eagerness to succeed in their chosen field and are proud of their Portuguese heritage.


Award Information:

Amount: $8,000
Number of Scholarship Awards: Varies
Deadline: March 15 of each year
GPA: a minimum cumulative GPA of “B” or better
Major: Candidates may enroll in any accredited program which will lead to a baccalaureate degree
Eligible Students: High school seniors

Additional Requirements:

– Applicant must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen
– Applicant must be Portuguese-born or have a parent or grandparent that is of Portuguese descent
– Applicant must be a New Jersey resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
– Applicant must have a clear need for financial assistance
– Applicant must be applying to, or accepted in, a 4-year college or university curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree
– Applicant must meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement

Application Process:

1. Get a copy of the scholarship application form. You can get a copy by writing to:

Portuguese-American Scholarship Foundation
Attn: Director, Scholarship Review Board
P.O. Box 3848
Union, NJ 07083

Note: You can also request for detailed information about the scholarship program.
2. Complete the application form and attach a recent, wallet size photo of you.

3. Compose a 300 word statement describing: “Your specific goals and after achieving your goals, where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

4. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation; one must be from either an instructor or a school administrator.

5. Include your most recent official transcript (with school seal); transcripts should show your 1st and 2nd quarter senior year grades, as well as your SAT/ACT scores and class rank.

6. You might need to provide proof of your parent’s or grandparent’s descent (i.e. Birth Certificate).

7. Include a signed copy of your parents’ complete and most recent Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040). If the current tax forms have not been filed, please provide a copy of the previous year’s form.

8. Sign and date the application form and mail it along with the supporting documents to Portuguese-American Scholarship Foundation.

Note: Applicants may attach additional pages if the provided fields are not enough for the required information.

Application Checklist:

– Complete application form
– Recent photo (wallet size)
– Personal statement
– Two (2) recommendation letters
– Official transcript
– Signed copy of Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040)
– Proof of Portuguese descent

Contact Information

Portuguese-American Scholarship Foundation
Attn: Director, Scholarship Review Board
P.O. Box 3848
Union, NJ 07083
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.americo.net