Stefan Mrozewski (a former Kozciuszko Foundation grantee), one of the world's leading engravers, was engaged to design the room which would serve both as a reference and reading room in the proposed library.

Mr. Mrozewski designed the room and furniture in the Zakopane style, the artistic tradition of the Tatra mountaineers. He and Stefan Hellersperk of Dallas, Pennsylvania, constructed and carved the furniture.


This room is dedicated to the memory of settlers from Poland who since 1856 have made their homes in Wyoming Valley.

  • By their efforts they contributed to the development of its major industries mining and farming.
  • By their sense of fair play they encouraged the principle of collective bargaining through their homes, schools, and churches they have proclaimed their faith and love of country.

This plaque is erected by their descendants so that their sons and daughters, together with the sons and daughters of those from other lands may take courage from their lives and deeds, and forever be reminded in these halls of Wilkes University that opportunity, wisdom, and justice are for all Americans.

The Polish Room Committee Scholarship

 Established in 1972 to express appreciation of services rendered to Wilkes and the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Kocyan. Scholarships are awarded annually to upperclassmen of Polish descent with exceptionally high cumulative grade point averages and demonstrated financial aid.

The Polish Room Committee Scholarship welcomes applications. To be considered, applicants who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a permanent residence in Luzerne County must address the following in a thoughtful essay of no less than two pages:

Polish pride is more than traditions, music, and great food. History reflects the accomplishments of many great Polish people. Choose one of the following from the list of people of Polish descent: Marie Curie, Frederic Chopin, St. Pope John Paul II, or Andrzej Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Kosciuszko. Explain how this person deepened your appreciation of what it means to be a Polish American, and how it has or will influence your life.

Application letters can be e-mailed to with the subject line: Polish Room Committee Scholarship, or sent via campus mail to Alumni House, Attn: Polish Room Committee Scholarship. Essays must be received by noon on Friday, October 1, 2021. Please include your WIN. Late applications will not be accepted. No exceptions.