Business executive Martin P. Mieloszyk possesses a significant interest in his Polish heritage. Along with his activity in groups such as the Polish and Slavic Center and the Polish-Slavic Credit Union, Martin Mieloszyk donates to the Kościuszko Foundation.
Founded in 1925, the Kościuszko Foundation promotes cultural and educational understanding. With chapters across America, this organization conducts programs that improve the relationship between the United States and Poland while providing multiple opportunities to citizens. Every year, the Foundation contributes more than $1 million to scientific, academic, and artistic causes. Moreover, college students can obtain scholarships and participate in exchange programs through this group.
The organization is named after Polish hero Tadeusz Kościuszko. Born in 1746, Kościuszko originally served as a Polish army officer. At the age of 30, he moved to the United States and fought on the side of the colonists in the American Revolution. Named the chief of the engineering corps, Tadeusz Kościuszko defended troops in New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At the end of the war, the Continental Congress gave him American citizenship and made him a brigadier general in the U.S. Army. The Kościuszko Foundation was created to honor his dedication to duty and the contributions made by people of Polish descent throughout America’s history.