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Special Announcement - PALCUS Scholarships Open
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
March 30, 2018
PALCUS National Scholarship Program 
Now Accepting Applications

PALCUS is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 scholarship application cycle. Five scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to Portuguese-American undergraduate and graduate college students. The merit-based scholarships are selected on the basis of academic achievement, recommendations, essay and community involvement. 
We are now accepting applications for PALCUS Scholarships

Criteria for application:

  • Be a PALCUS member.  (Young Portuguese American $25 annual) Join here
  • Attest to personal Portuguese ancestry of an aggregate of least 25%, i.e. total Portuguese ancestry of the applicant
  • Be a full-time student attending a baccalaureate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States and have completed at least one full semester.
  • Have attained a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0  Official transcript required at time of application.
  • Be  a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal U.S. resident (proof of I551 card with no restrictions required)
  • Submit application, transcript and all supporting materials no later than           July 31, 2018 

The $1,000 scholarship awards are presented at the Annual Leadership Awards Gala planned for October, 2018 in the Washington, D.C. area.


Since 2012, PALCUS has awarded scholarships to 22 Portuguese-American graduate and undergraduate college students. The process is competitive with winners representing institutions of higher education across the country in fields ranging from law to clinical services to education to finance and marketing to music.  Read more
The PALCUS National Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generosity of the  Rosa Family and the Graciette M. Simão Rosa Scholarship Fund with matching funds from  Merrill-Lynch, as well as donations from the community such as the  Luso-American Fraternal Association of New Jersey which sponsors a scholarship for a Portuguese-American student from New Jersey.

Please consider creating or sponsoring a PALCUS scholarship in honor of or in memory of someone in order to enable us to provide additional support in the future. Your donation may be eligible for matching funds from your employer.  Please consult your Human Resource Office for more information about matching funds.
If you would like to make a donation to the PALCUS Scholarship Fund, please click here.


Questions may be directed to Gracielle Camilo at or 202-466-4664.


Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!
Strong membership participation means a stronger voice in the national Portuguese-American agenda. In order to advance Portuguese language education, increase presence in the congressional caucuses, and provide economic opportunities, the collective voice of thousands is needed!

In addition, PALCUS is a member-driven non-profit organization that depends on membership dues and fundraising events to fund its operations.  Members of the all-volunteer board of directors donate their time and personal funds for travel, lodging and tickets to attend networking events and planning sessions so our administrative costs are relatively low but nonetheless critical to doing business on a daily basis.

There are membership categories to suit every budget and level of interest.  Please click on our membership webpage  and join our voice today!

PALCUS announces that we are now using 
memberplanet, a user-friendly platform that will help us to serve you better.  It is an interactive service that will allow you to update your PALCUS member profile, track donations and dues and join PALCUS circles with members of similar interests all with the click of a mouse.  
When you become a PALCUS member, you will be prompted to join us on  memberplanet. As always your information is confidential and will never be shared without your permission. Questions? Contact  Graci for more information! 

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Our Mission 
In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances th e community professionally, politically and culturally  while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.

Paid advertisement. Does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by PALCUS.

Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship Service with 25% Discount

Portugal ReConnect is offering PALCUS members* a 25% discount on their service to obtain your Portuguese citizenship. If you didn't have a chance to watch PALCUS' webinar, "Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship: Benefits and Advantages" live, you can still watch it by following  this link. In the webinar, Portugal ReConnect's attorneys guide you through the criteria to help you find out whether you're eligible for the citizenship program.

*PALCUS Member in good standing, who has paid his/her 2016 or 2017 dues

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Phone: 202-466-4664

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Manassas, VA 20110
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