Graduate Funding Information Service

July 31, 2020

PALCUS National Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

The PALCUS Scholarship Program was established with the purpose of supporting Portuguese-American students in the pursuit of their higher education goals.  The merit-based scholarships are awarded to students of Portuguese ancestry who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their academic careers and who show a commitment to completing an approved plan of study.

Since 2012, twenty-seven Portuguese-American graduate and undergraduate students from across the country have received PALCUS scholarships. Typically the $1,000 scholarship awards are presented at the Annual Leadership Awards Gala. This year due to COVID-19, there will be no Gala, so scholarship awards will be sent directly to awardees’ schools.


  • PALCUS membership   
  • U.S. citizenship or a permanent legal U.S. resident (proof of I551 card with no restrictions required),
  • Portuguese ancestry of an aggregate of least 25%, i.e. total Portuguese ancestry of the applicant;
  • Full-time student attending a baccalaureate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States (high school seniors / entering freshmen are not eligible);
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0. 

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.